Zero Harm doesn’t stop with our people, it extends to the community in which we live and work.
We are committed to developing strong and enduring relationships based on the values of respect, honesty, two-way dialogue and transparency.
We have several approaches to formally engage, monitor, and report to our community stakeholders.
Community Consultative Committee (CCC)
The committee meets twice a year to update members on business operations and receive community feedback. The committee is chaired by a neighbouring landholder and includes representatives from:
- Northparkes Mines
- Community members
- Local business groups
- Parkes Shire Council
- Forbes Shire Council
Wiradjuri Executive Committee (WEC)
The WEC meets quarterly to identify opportunities and develop projects which support Wiradjuri people in the community. The WEC is made up of two members from the Wiradjuri Council of Elders, two from Peak Hill Local Aboriginal Land Council and two senior Northparkes employees.
Reports and publications
Our Source Community Newsletter is published twice a year and distributed online and via local newspapers. Our annual Northparkes Report details our business performance is also published online.
We have been opening our doors to the community for over 20 years. The next Open Day will take place in 2018.
We aim to work collaboratively with our neighbours and maintain an open and honest dialogue.
We host formal onsite meetings open to all neighbours twice a year, and meet with many neighbours individually throughout the year.
From time to time we offer the opportunity for neighbouring landholders to attend workshops on our farming operations, and hold special tours to view projects which may be of interest to our neighbours.
We are also pleased to offer a text message alert system for neighbours of Northparkes. The primary purpose of the system is to provide updates regarding our dust mitigation activities during windy and dry weather conditions.
We encourage neighbours to engage with us via social media on our Facebook page.
The Northparkes Volunteer Leave Program was designed in 2013 with the principle that the best contribution to our community can be made by our people.
Through the skills our workforce brings to the Central West, we can provide assistance to businesses and organisations they may not otherwise have access to.
So far, Northparkes employees have donated over 3000 volunteer hours, sharing their skills with community groups and organisations throughout the Central West. Our volunteers can provide skilled labour, heavy lifting or even cook for a cause.
The program has been recognised by our industry peers as best practice and an industry leading program. We won the NSW Minerals Council Environment and Community Excellence Award in August 2014, and the Australian Mining Prospect award for Community Interaction in October 2014.
To achieve our vision of ‘A century of mining together’, we invest in the future of our community through meaningful partnerships.
Northparkes has two Community Investment Program rounds each year with $40,000 awarded to successful applicants each round – that’s a total of $80,000 in funding.
Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed after the closing dates of 30 April and 30 October each year.
We support initiatives which contribute to the Parkes and Forbes local government areas in the following categories: economic development, culture and recreation, education and youth, environment and health.
In addition to the Community Investment Program, we have committed to a number of long-term community partnerships.
- $80,000 – Parkes Grants Officer and Aboriginal Project Officer
- $30,000 – Parkes Sports Grants
- $11,150 – Parkes Life Education
- $16,500 – Elvis Festival
- $5000 – Parkes Agricultural Show
Additionally, from time to time we donate in-kind materials such as a conveyor belts, power boxes, first aid boxes, and office equipment including desks, chairs and filing cabinets.
We acknowledge the original custodians of the land on which we operate, the Wiradjuri people.
Wiradjuri country extends from the Blue Mountains in the east of NSW, to Hay in the west, north to Nyngan and south to Albury.
If you visit Northparkes, you will come across our Wiradjuri garden, which includes a sacred scar tree and features vegetation traditionally used by Wiradjuri people.
We invite Wiradjuri elders from our Wiradjuri Executive Committee to deliver a welcome to country as part of official event proceedings to enable the wider community to share in Aboriginal culture and heritage.