Mining pioneer Jack Vines honoured

AGL Loy Yang will acknowledge the significant contribution of eminent local engineer and leader, Jack Vines, renaming its mine’s public lookout in his honour.

Jack was part of the Latrobe Valley coal mining industry for over 30 years and as Coal Mining Production Manager for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) he was responsible for all mining activities at Yallourn, Morwell, and Loy Yang.

Jack was also responsible for the development of the Loy Yang Mine, overseeing a workforce of around 3,000.

In 2005, Jack was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of his contribution to the development of brown coal mining in the Latrobe Valley and the Gippsland region.

AGL Loy Yang General Manager, Steve Rieniets, said Jack’s outstanding contribution to mining in the region will be his legacy.

“In addition to overseeing mining operations and development in the area, Jack also wrote a number of books on Coal Mining in the Latrobe Valley,” Steve said.

“His lifelong passion for engineering heritage led to him writing one of the most comprehensive accounts of the history of the coal industry in this country,” he said.

Note to editors:

A plaque has been installed at the lookout and a small unveiling ceremony will be held at 2:30pm on Thursday (22 December 2016). 

Jack’s widow and family will be in attendance, along with representatives from Loy Yang and other Latrobe Valley generators.

Media are welcome to attend and there will be photo, video, and interview opportunities.

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