Endeavor’s new manager ditches FIFO life for community

Endeavor Mine’s new general manager Craig Singleton.

Endeavor Mine’s new general manager Craig Singleton has ditched a fly in/fly out (FIFO) lifestyle and chosen to re-locate himself and his family to live and work in Cobar.

Mr Singleton’s wife Kirsten and their two children relocated with him to Cobar in September last year and they all enjoy the local lifestyle.

“When the opportunity to return arose we had no hesitation in committing to a return to Cobar,” he said.

Mr Singleton is a familiar face on the mine site having transitioned from the mine’s  maintenance manager role to general manager in July this year.

Mr Singleton was appointed following the departure of the mine’s former long term general manager, Denver D’Angelo, who moved to Melbourne to work with Anglo American.

He first came to Cobar in 2015 to work at Endeavor as a maintenance superintendent.

Prior to returning to Endeavor last year he was working at Olympic Dam as a maintenance manager for Redpath Mining Australia in a FIFO capacity while living in Townsville.

He’s worked in the mining industry for the past 30 years having started as an apprentice diesel fitter at the Mount Isa mines in 1989.

He’s also had various senior management roles on sites throughout Queensland, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

“Endeavor is in a challenging period, however I believe we have the team that can make it a success so the opportunity to lead during this time was an easy one to make,” Mr Singleton told The Cobar Weekly.

“We are just coming to the end of an intensive exploration drill program targeting a new ore body called the Deep Zinc Load.

“The results have been encouraging however we will not be in a position to make a decision on its future until late October or early November.”

Mr Singleton said they are currently working on their business model for 2020 and beyond.

“The Endeavor team is great to work with, they’re highly motivated and we have the capability to move forward if the opportunity presents itself in the mine,” he said.