Family, friends tour Northparkes

On Saturday, April 28, CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) employees and their families and friends were bussed out to Northparkes for the first ever Northparkes Family Day.

The concept behind the Northparkes Family Day was to provide employees with an exclusive opportunity to bring their families and friends to site to show them where they come to work every day.

The day kicked off at 9am with buses departing Northparkes Oval.

On arrival, guests were greeted by our friendly volunteers & Champ the Northparkes mascot, informing them of all the activities they had in stall.

Jim Fowler, Managing Director, Northparkes, said, “The Northparkes Family Day was a way of giving back to and rewarding our employees”.

“It was fantastic to see everyone filled with so much pride whilst touring our operations. Having the opportunity to bring your family and friends to site to personally take them on a tour of our operations is really special and not something you get to do every day in the mining industry.”

The day was a huge success with over 350 employees and their family and friends in attendance to see the mine and take part in activities which were enjoyed by young and old alike.

Attendees toured the ore processing facility, the underground SCADA Control Room, the underground surface operations, the laboratory, the warehouse and the workshop.

Chase Dingle, Superintendent Community, Environment and Farms, said, “Kids’ corner and our heavy machinery display were very popular with the kids”.

It was such a great relaxed and happy atmosphere. Everyone relished the opportunity to spend time with their family and friends, sharing them on what we do at Northparkes every single day.”

Kids’ corner included two jumping castles, a rock climbing wall, face painting, entertainment by local performing artist Jordie Dwyer and a range of food on offer prepared by Parkes Rotary Club and Parkes Quota Club Inc.

Mr Fowler expressed how proud he was to receive such positive feedback.

“We would particularly like to thank our suppliers who went above and beyond to be a part of our Northparkes Family Day including Sandvik, WesTrac, Epiroc, Boart Longyear and Orica, who organised to bring heavy equipment along to display,” Mr Fowler said.