Media Release – Rob Cunningham, Manager of Mining retires after 29 successful years at Northparkes

In January 2023, Manager of Mining, Rob Cunningham announced his retirement, after an exceptional 29 years at Northparkes Mines.

Rob Cunningham, Manager of Mining – Underground & Surface and Statutory ticket holder, started at Northparkes Mines on 27th January 1994 as an Ore Processing Operator, among the original intake of workers. During his significant 29 years at Northparkes,  Rob has held a number of operational and management roles, including: Underground Team Leader, Underground Superintendent, Open Cut Superintendent, Open Cut Manager, Tunnel Boring Systems & Major Projects Manager, Health, Safety, Environment & Farms Manager, Underground Mining Manager and Operations Manager.

During Rob’s time at Northparkes, which reads much like the timeline of site itself, he has seen how the mine has grown and played a role in the development and success of our operations. Rob has modelled passion and commitment for Zero Harm Operations and has made an incredibly noteworthy contribution to our operation and the mining industry. In 2018, Rob was awarded the NSW Minerals Council ‘Outstanding Contribution to NSW Mining’, which is a prestigious award and highlights his accomplished career.

Rob Cunningham, reflected on his time at Northparkes and said, “I have been lucky to do so many great roles at one Mining business, living in a town where I was born and having the support of my beautiful wife and two great Kids.”

Managing Director Jianjun Tian said, “As we congratulate Rob on his many achievements, and thank him for his countless contributions to Northparkes, I would also like to extend my best wishes and gratitude towards Rob’s family for their support throughout the years. As Rob moves into retirement, we wish him and his family all the best for the next chapter of life.”

About CMOC-Northparkes Mines

Northparkes is a copper and gold mine located 27 kilometres north-west of Parkes, in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. Since 1993 Northparkes has been celebrated for our high-quality copper deposits, low cost operations and loyal, committed people. Northparkes is a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co., Ltd (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%).


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