Sue Steele and Jen Pearce are Co-Founders of both the Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC) and Red Earth Health Solutions. The MERC is held annually in Perth on the last weekend of November, with this year’s event on November 28-29, 2020. The event is a not-for profit occasion, made possible by the generosity of Sponsors and Volunteers with all leftover proceeds being donated to charity.

This episodes takes a look at how The MERC was founded and how it has grown to be Australia’s most renowned Emergency Response Competition. Plenty of funny stories are shared from the MERC journey start to present.

Check out everything MERC related at and follow the MERC pages on all your socials.

Also check out what Sue and Jen get up to when they’re not organising the MERC at

Jordan Doutch is a Heavy Diesel Fitter that also runs a side gig called True Potential Therapy. TPT is all about helping people elevate their quality of life, where Jordan uses techniques such as Hypnotherapy to make this happen. Born and bred in Kalgoorlie, couple with many years of being a Fitter for both Surface and Underground mining operations, Jordan knows exactly how to relate to those within Mining.

If you would like Jordan to present at your Mine Site or if you personally want to book in a session with him, check out his website or email him via

Mike Lovitt is a Global Underground Technical Specialist for Orica. He is widely known as "The Global Mass Blasting Specialist".

In this Blasting marathon, we talked:

- Mike's early career as a Engineer and Manager

- Old School Mass Blasting

- Science behind pulling a cut - Emulsion vs ANFO

- Mike's role in the Beaconsfield rescue

- Low voidage blasting

- Mike's funky designs for blasting Shale Oil development in Estonia

- Upcoming Blasting automation

Plus much more.

Joel Thompson is a member of the mighty Manly Sea Eagles and founder of The Mindset Project. Through his organisation, Joel shares his inspiring story of growing up in hardship, overcoming adversity to now thriving in the field of helping others.

If you would like see how Joel can help your Company and/or Organisation, check out his website:

Jason Wasley is the Principal and Director of Drillcube. Jason has continued on from a great career in the Underground Mining Industry as a Jumbo Operator to now running an exciting Consolidated Mining Services group.

Drillcube supplies Laser systems, Ground Support, Rock Tools, Ventilation Ducting and many more products to the Global Underground Mining industry. There is a great story behind where Jason started from to where he is today, just another hard working Aussie bloke having a real red hot go.

Make sure you check out Drillcube and what they're all about at

Malcolm Mauger at the time of this interview was the Business Line Manager for Load & Haul APAC at Sandvik. We yarned about his upcoming journey where he is commencing a VP role within Sandvik's Parts and Services division in Amsterdam. Unbelievable story from starting out as an Auto-Sparky all the way to now, where he and his family have shipped off to Amsterdam for Mal to continue his meteoric rise within Sandvik.


Life Of Mine can't thank Mal enough for his support and promotion of the Podcast from the start to now. As possibly the show's biggest fan, we wish he and his family all the best in Amsterdam and look forward to seeing what they all get up to on Instagram.


Make sure you check out Sandvik's Innovation in Mining Virtual Event via the link below (29/30 September):


Here is an A-Z/101/Encyclopedia of operating a BOGGER. Jason Jarvis kindly and freely shares his wisdom from 10 years as a fast, neat and clean Bogger Operator. We talk everything bogging, such as:

- Bogging inclines

- Doing Rebogs

- Putting a camber on a Decline

- How to not get buried bogging a stope

- Is back blading a must do?

And much much more.

James "Sully" Sullivan is Western Australia's Rugby League guru, you'll hear him weekly on SportsFM 91.3 talking all that's NRL. Sully is also the WA component for Grab Life By the Balls and runs Sully's Painting in amongst everything else. Good hour chat about the current NRL comp, who the next immortal might be, end of year State of Origin and much much more. Sully is definitely going to be a regular on Life Of Mine talking all that's Rugby League.

Stan Gillman is a WA Mining Legend, notably one of the main men from Gillman Brothers Mining Contractors. Gillman Bros was a family run Mining business that operated throughout Southern Cross, Kalgoorile and Kambalda in the 90's and up until 2005.

Stan is both a very experienced and knowledgeable Miner/Manager but also a gutsy and dedicated Businessman. He put his heart and soul into Gillman Brothers and we go through the whole journey start to finish, both the highs and the lows. Awesome Mining story from a bloke that's been there and done it all.

Sean Lavin hosts the Beneath The Surface Podcast, another great show dedicated to the Aussie Mining Industry. In this chat, we yarned about both our journey's of starting a Podcast and why the hell we are still turning up with new episodes each week.

Make sure you subscribe to Lavo's Podcast "Beneath The Surface" via Apple Podcasts or PlayerFM and also check out his Podcast Website for more info.


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