Shotcrete was used extensively during construction of Northparkes E26 Underground Mine, Australia’s first block cave mine. Applications for the shotcrete included ground support, ground control, construction, safety, protection of equipment and remedial repairs. This article details the various uses for the 16,700 m3 (22,000 yd3) of shotcrete applied at Northparkes, the experiences gained during con­struction, and discusses whether the design expectations have been achieved.