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Brant Webb

Brant began his working life as the youngest Prawn Trawler Skipper in Queensland. He spent long periods at sea away from his wife Rachael and children Zachary & Zoey, so decided to gain employment in the automotive industry. After studying Business Management, he obtained the skills required and became an Automotive Parts Interpreter.

After gaining work in Bowen Queensland, he quickly climbed the ladder and was offered a promotion as manager of the largest parts dealership in the area.

Some years later, Brant and his family travelled to Tasmania where they purchased a farm and produced lettuce to supply Woolworths and Coles Supermarkets.

Brant then decided to give the mining industry a go and was contracted as an airleg operator at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in northern Tasmania. It was here at Beaconsfield Gold Mine; Brant would be known internationally as a survivor in one of the worst mining disasters in world history. This disastrous event made international news while Brant was trapped one kilometre below the earth’s surface.

Brant’s breath-taking recall of those two weeks trapped underground in the small area of confinement and the years after the incident, will have you captivated every moment.

 

·       from his joy to finally being found and rescued after 14 days underground

·       to the despair in discovering his best mate, Larry Knight, had not survived

·       then came the time when his world started falling apart

·       to the onset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression

·       with his mental fight to just wake up every morning, trying to understand “why me”

·       how the Beaconsfield Mine owners deserted him

·       about the three years he was locked away trying to deal with the fallout of that day in 2006

·       as Community Presenter for Black Dog Institute

 

Some years later, Brant met a Melbourne gentleman from “Clearer Thinking” who approached him with a solution to cope with his issues. This meeting turned out to be a lifestyle event in Brant’s life. He is now a successful business owner, however, still suffers the scars from that dark time.

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2015-2017

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2011-2014

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Kevin Hughes BM OAM

Kevin served in the Military around Australia and overseas. This resulted in him suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. When he returned to civilian life, he joined the Queensland Fire Service and also became an Advocate for Veterans in need of assistance. After some years, Kevin decided to change the direction of his career and became a commercial airline pilot, holding Australian, American and New Zealand Airline Transport Pilot’s Licences. His aviation career took him around the world with his final position flying a Gulfstream 5 jet contracted to the US Government. He also volunteered as a pilot for Ramblers Parachute Club in Queensland. On one flight a female skydiver become trapped on the wheel strut under his aircraft which was flying at 12,000 feet. Not wearing a parachute, he left the seat of the aircraft in an attempt to cut the skydiver free. He was awarded a Bravery Medal (BM) for his courageous efforts.

Some of Kevin’s accomplishments include:

  • on 10th June 2024, awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (AOM) in the General Division for service to the community through a range of organisations

  • holding a current JP (Qual) for over 27 years

  • given the honour to run the Queens Baton during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

  • awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for accumulating 17 years of outstanding service with the Queensland State Emergency Service

  • awarded the National Medal for serving a minimum of 15 years ‘eligible service’ including an assessment of good conduct

  • in January 2021, was presented the Australia Day medallion for his service to Australian Wildlife

  • volunteered with Blaze Aide on Kangaroo Island after the devastating 2019/2020 bush fires as well as volunteering for many months with various needy farmers.

  • currently an Ambassador for the Bravery Trust

  • Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association

  • a community presenter for the Black Dog Institute

  • holds an honorary lifetime member of the Australian Parachute Federation

  • currently completing his autobiography

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