NSW miners' work helping the local community recognised

August 26, 2014

The Northparkes Mines Volunteer Leave Program has taken out this year’s NSW Mining Environment and Community Excellence Award.    
The Program has seen around 130 employees volunteer their time to help a variety of community groups, schools and organisations over the last year.
As part of the program, Northparkes employees can volunteer up to two working days each year in community projects that complement, not replace, volunteer work already undertaken by employees.

“Making their skilled workers available to work on community projects on company time is a great way for Northparkes to contribute to the social fabric of the local region. It helps local groups in need get access to people with valuable skills including business management, information technology, as well as qualified tradespeople," according to NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee.
Over 250 delegates attended last night’s Excellence Awards Dinner as part of the NSW Mining Environment and Community Conference which is being held in the Hunter this week to discuss a wide range of topics including sustainability, mine rehabilitation and air quality.
“Mining in NSW is a community-based industry. Most of our miners are locals, who live in the towns and communities near the mines where they work. This means that local community issues are very much our issues too,” Mr Galilee said.
Coal & Allied were also awarded as ‘Highly Commended’ for implementing major improvements in rehabilitation and meeting the challenge of establishing native vegetation communities on mined land.

“Coal & Allied is developing new rehabilitation methods to consistently produce the desired quality in the absence of an ideal topsoil resource, this has been praised by regulators and industry representatives,” Mr Galilee said.   
“These awards are an important part of our efforts to constantly improve our environmental and community performance, and I  congratulate all our award nominees for delivering projects that demonstrate the commitment of our industry to do so,” Mr Galilee said.

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