4 Nov 2013

New mine rescue training centre for West Coast

10:49 am on 4 November 2013

A new mine rescue training centre has officially opened on the West Coast.

The existing Mines Rescue Station at Rapahoe, north of Greymouth, has been redeveloped with $1 million from funding body Development West Coast.

Mines Rescue general manager Trevor Watts says the expansion will allow all training for West Coast mines to happen in one place.

"This facility is giving us a one-stop-shop where we can have everything under the one roof, but more importantly, the facility is also here for the entire West Coast and Buller regions to use not just for the mining industry but for other industries as well."

Three conference rooms and a cafeteria have been added to the centre and upgrades to the underground training tunnels are underway.