Eric Garner is an alumnus of Melbourne, Monash and Deakin universities where he studied Civil Engineering, Business Administration and Commercial Law respectively. He has been employed in the resources sector, both in Australia and overseas, for over 60 years – almost his whole working life.
He has specialised in project assessment, development and implementation through his roles in Australian and international engineering and construction companies, in both technical and managerial roles. In the 1970s Eric had major roles in the Robe River and Mt Newman iron ore projects in Western Australia.
He served as one of Austmine’s early chairs and in this role took part in several trade missions representing both government and the private sector, promoting the exports of the Australian mining services sector. For this work he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, ‘for services to the resources industry and to international trade.’
Relinquishing routine roles in his work environment, he managed three major international, multi-year aid projects: a World Bank coal development project in Indonesia, the third phase of a major low-grade coal development project in Thailand and the Mine Safety Project in India.
Eric has been an AusIMM member for over 30 years, serving first on the Melbourne Branch committee, then as a Councillor representing overseas members. Following the AusIMM restructure he chaired a task force reviewing the Institute’s subscriptions policy. This was followed by a key role in the development of the 1995 Royal Charter and By-Laws revisions, and in 2004 he was awarded the Beryl Jacka award, recognising his contributions. He subsequently chaired the Membership Applications Committee and the Complaints Committee, each for a period of about ten years and for each prepared their operating procedures. In 2009, his contributions were again recognised when he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute.
Eric took part in several AusIMM conferences and freely contributed his experience on overseas marketing to other aspiring exporters. He was principal author of a chapter on infrastructure in AusIMM Monograph 27, The Cost Engineering Handbook. In 2005, following a presentation at an AusIMM Young Leaders Conference, Eric was invited to write an article for the UN publication, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems entitled ‘International Treaties Governing Mineral Exploration’.
He is now enjoying retirement.