Our key drilling personnel display strong backgrounds in Western Australian groundwater conditions and offer a diverse range of professional and practical skills. Our core management team also possess a range of authoritative management expertise and knowledge. All personnel have an excellent work ethic and lend a common sense, ingenuitive approach to work undertaken while striving to ensure the timely and cost effective completion of all projects. A summary of key personnel experience is listed below with full curriculum vitals available on request.

Mick Bonacchi

Managing Director

Mick is the founding owner of Austral Drilling Services and has been in the drilling industry for over 35 years, working as a Driller for the Public Works Department, Water Authority, Wallis Drilling and Maersk Offshore. He held the position of Senior Drilling Supervisor/Operations Manager for the WA Water Corporation from 1988 until 1995 when he left to form Austral Drilling Services Pty Ltd.

He has successfully completed many challenging water drilling programs for mining companies throughout the state and for major town water supplies, minor service bores for construction work and monitoring bores. He has also been responsible for the drilling and installation of bores at most Aboriginal communities throughout Western Australia. In addition to being the Project Manager for many major water drilling projects in Western Australia he has also designed bores for many of the Hydro Geological Consultants in WA and has an invaluable and extensive knowledge of drilling conditions state-wide.

Michael holds a Class 3 Water Well Drillers License, and has extensive experience in all facets of drilling including rotary air, mud and downhole hammer.

Tony Bonacchi

Operations Manager

Tony currently holds the position of Operations Manager at Austral Drilling Services. His experience spans over 30 years within the Water drilling and exploration industry with extensive knowledge in rotary, air and mud, down hole hammer and auger drilling including SPT, TWT sampling, diamond drilling, aircore, vibro core and other methods.

This role requires Tony to manage, coordinate and schedule current and future projects, liaise with a diverse range of clientele including but not limited to mining companies, government agencies, stakeholders, traditional land owners, community elders, geologists and hydro consultants. Tony continues to stay current with safety and industry standards.

Tony is well regarded with the drilling industry often consulting in drilling and construction methods to both clients and subcontractors.

Glenn Bonacchi

Drilling Supervisor

Glenn has been in the drilling industry for 19 years. Glenn has a wide range of drilling experience and has been Driller in-charge on many drilling projects throughout WA for Mining Companies and Government Agencies.

Glenn has extensive experience in all facets of drilling including large diameter rotary, air and mud, down-hole hammer, diamond drilling, air core, casing advancement and other methods and has drilled water bores to 800m.

Rosa Hogan

Occupational Health and Safety Manager

Rosa has been employed at Austral Drilling Services since 2007 as Safety Officer and has been responsible for the ongoing management and development of Austral’s HSEQ Management System to align with AS4801, ISO14001 and ISO9001.

Rosa has also been responsible for Austral successfully obtaining ”A” Grade contractor pre-qualification with Water Corporation, Alcoa World Alumina Australian Operations and Worley Parsons Resources & Energy, and works closely with HSEQ Consultants on a regular basis ensuring Austral’s continual improvement.

Dean Singleton

General Manager

Dean has been in the construction industry for over 15 years working mainly in the mining industry as a superintendent and project manager with major corporations such as Rio Tinto, BHP, FMG and the Water Corporation. He has work on a diverse range of projects throughout Australia including dewatering projects, pipeline construction, re-injection borefields, tailing dams, slurry lines and bore construction to name a few.

Dean is currently working closely with Rosa in managing and improving our HSEQ Management Systems

Graeme Waghorn

Senior Driller

Graeme currently holds the position of Senior Driller at Austral Drilling Services.  His experience spans over 30 years within the Water drilling industry with extensive knowledge in rotary, air and mud drilling techniques. Graeme is arguably one of the most experienced deep hole water driller in the state. He has drilled extensively throughout Australia and has been involved in water drilling to 1500m depth and 36” diameter holes.

Julie Perham

Training Development Officer

Julie joined us in March 2016 and is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing operation of Training Development and Inductions for all employees of Austral Drilling. This position also ensures all technical documents (SWI’s; Company Forms) are up to date and within legislation.  Julie also assists the HSEQ Manager in ensuring Austral Drilling complies with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements that are fundamental to the management of the Austral HSEQMS.