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Mt Lyell mine deaths inquest set


A new date has been set for an inquest into the deaths of three men in a West Coast mine 6 years ago.

In December 2013, 25-year-old Alistair Lucas and 45-year-old Craig Gleeson were killed when a platform they were working on at the Mount Lyell Mine in Queenstown collapsed.

Only a month later, 53-year-old Michael Welsh died in a mud rush at the same worksite. 

An inquest began in April 2018 but was put on hold when Copper Mines Tasmania - which owns the facility - challenged the use of consultant John Webber as expert evidence, a battle which went all the way to the High Court.

The company lost and it's understood sources in Mr Webber's report will be used in the probe, to be tendered by Counsel Assisting Simon Nicholson.

At a case management conference at the Coroner's Court on Friday, lawyers thrashed out possible dates and areas of focus for the long-awaited new inquest.

Coroner Simon Cooper has set May 11 as the all-important beginning date.

It's likely to go for a couple of days but the full week as been set aside.