At the heart of Northparkes Mines is its commitment to the health and safety of its people, according to managing director Hubert Lehman.
"While this has been described in many different ways over the years, it has evolved into the way we work today. This approach includes our commitment to the community in which we live and work," he said.
For more than two decades, Northparkes has helped grow the Parkes and Forbes shires, delivering hundreds of jobs and contributing significant economic strength to the local economy. Over the past 25 years, thousands of Northparkes employees have called the region home and become an integral part of the local community.
"The support and encouragement of our community, in particular both Parkes and Forbes shire councils, has been instrumental in our success. We are extremely proud of the positive and supportive relationships that have been built over the years. I would like to formally extend my thanks to both the local communities of Parkes and Forbes for their continued support over the past 25 years," Mr Lehman said.
Through an array of funding programs and partnerships, Northparkes has delivered improved outcomes that have made a lasting difference to the communities of Parkes and Forbes.
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"The people are what make Northparkes the place it is today. I have always been incredibly impressed with the passion and the drive of the people who come to work here each and every day. To all the people who work here today and to those that have come and gone, each and every one of you has played an integral part in what we are celebrating," Mr Lehman said. Earlier this year, Northparkes announced the approval of the E26 Lift 1 North Project and the Expansion Project. A total of $300 million will be invested in Northparkes over three years to support these projects, demonstrating CMOC's confidence in the sustainability and longevity of Northparkes.
"When CMOC had the opportunity to purchase Northparkes back in 2013, they recognised the potential in not only the business and its future, but the people. CMOC is excited to watch Northparkes continue to grow and develop. Northparkes plays a pivotal role in their strong and long-term presence in Australia and as an internationally-renowned mining company. We know the exploration potential of Northparkes and we believe we will discover more copper and gold deposits to take us even further into the future. Northparkes is the world's most automated underground block-cave mine and we are proud of our history and achievements. We will continue to focus on our commitment towards our local communities as we strive towards achieving our vision of a century of mining together," Mr Lehman said.