Northparkes Mining Open Day

On Saturday 16 May, Northparkes Mines held its biannual Open Day on Northparkes Oval, in Parkes, attracting around 3,000 people from across the Central West. This was the first time Northparkes has held this community event in town, with accompanying bus trips out to the mine.

Attendees included Andrew Gee MP, Member for Orange, Cr Ken Keith OAM, Mayor Parkes Shire Council, Graeme Miller, Deputy-Mayor, Forbes Shire Council as well as many other community representatives from Council, schools and the broader mining industry. This was in addition to the thousands of others who attended, some from as far afield as Sydney.

Stef Loader, Managing Director, said, “This is such an important event for us – we welcome the opportunity to be able to show and tell the community about what we do each day mining copper and gold, while also running our farming operation.

“We had 160 Northparkes employees volunteer to answer people’s questions and chat about our business. Each team across site went to great lengths to showcase what they do and also tell the Northparkes story. For instance, our Underground Mining team built a tunnel to show our underground environment, complete with roof bolts, rocks, signage and explanatory diagrams and videos.

“Members of the public could have their blood pressure checked by our onsite nurse, or chat to one of our Environment team about what trees to plant at home, or discuss our rehabilitation strategy. Others chose to chat to our Human Resources team about how to apply for a job at Northparkes or an Indigenous Scholarship.

“Over 500 people took a bus trip out to our site to either visit our state-of-the art immersion room or tour our surface operations. There were Northparkes volunteers on each bus as tour guides, sharing information about all aspects of our business, including our history.

“We would particularly like to thank our suppliers who went to extraordinary lengths to be a part of Open Day including Atlas Copco, Sandvik and Form Reo Pour, who organised to bring heavy equipment such as simulators, boggers and scrapers to the event. The day would not have been the success it was without the support and involvement of all of our suppliers.”