CMOC-Northparkes Mines brings Rosie Batty to Parkes
CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) has proudly supported the White Ribbon Campaign for several years now. In 2016, Northparkes became the first mine in Australia to become a White Ribbon Accredited workplace. As a White Ribbon accredited workplace, Northparkes join a group of organisations committed to preventing and responding to domestic and family violence.
Northparkes are recognised by White Ribbon Australia as a pioneer in contributing to national cultural change to prevent and respond to violence against women. Accreditation lasts for three years, evidencing an ongoing, sustainable commitment.
Manager – People, Safety and Environment, Stacey Kelly, said, “As a large employer in the Central West, it is important to us that we help break the cycle of domestic and family violence by supporting initiatives that improve the wellbeing of the community in which we live and work.”
“Our journey towards Zero Harm Operations is a relentless focus across every aspect of our operation and our local community. Our commitment to raising awareness and our approach to domestic violence is an important part of this philosophy. We have supported local events such as the White Ribbon March in both Parkes and Forbes and initiatives and programs with local high schools including the Love Bites Program and the rugby league match.”
Each year Northparkes employees band together to participate in local White Ribbon events alongside community members to stand up, speak out and act to prevent domestic and family violence. As part of their ongoing commitment, this year they hosted Rosie Batty in Parkes, the founder of the Luke Batty Foundation and the 2015 Australian of the Year.
“Rosie visited us onsite to share her story with our employees and to further educate us on family violence. We then held a session in town with our first responders and emergency service providers. This session was designed to encourage discussion around how we as a community can continue to work together to prevent domestic violence,” she said.
Rosie then met with the local Family and Domestic Violence committees of Parkes, Forbes and Peak Hill to discuss ways they can support their local communities.
Mayor of Parkes Shire Ken Keith OAM said “Congratulations to Northparkes on inviting Rosie Batty to Parkes. Her moving story and important message of reducing domestic and family violence in our community was inspirational. Her dialogue with the range of health and welfare practioners in attendance was warmly received and appreciated.”
About CMOC-Northparkes Mines
Northparkes is Australia’s fourth largest producer of copper and the world’s most automated underground mine. The copper and gold mining operation is located 27 kilometres north-west of Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. Northparkes is a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co., Ltd (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%). Since 1993 Northparkes has been celebrated for its high-quality copper deposits, low cost operations and loyal, committed people. Today, Northparkes is guided by a vision of a century of mining together.
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