Stephen Smith MP
Minister for Defence
The Australian Government has received a request from the New Zealand Government for assistance to transport a remote ground vehicle (robot) from Western Australia to the PikeRiver coal mine.
Australia is very pleased to provide assistance to our New Zealand friends at this difficult time.
An RAAF C130 Hercules will soon depart Western Australia carrying a Western Australian Water Corporation remote ground vehicle.
The remote ground vehicle provided by the Western Australian Water Corporation is suited to the mine rescue task.
The C130 will depart from RAAF Base Pearce where it has been based for routine training activity.
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