Coal & Allied Community Newsletter Singleton edition December 2012

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Coal & Allied Community Newsletter Singleton edition December 2012

Coal & Allied community newsletter

Singleton edition

Issue 13 - December 2012

Pictured: Singleton High School students Zoe Collinson, Katie Groucett, Justin Hourn, Dane Perry, Millie Andrews,

Georgia Redmond and Ryan Davies ready to learn from some of the world’s best chefs.

Singleton High School students the next MasterChefs

Seven Singleton High School students

had the opportunity to showcase and

develop their hospitality skills with

some of the industry’s best recently,

thanks to support from Coal & Allied

and the Hunter Valley Operations Site

Donation Committee.

The students attended the three

day MasterChef LIVE Demonstrations

and Displays event in Sydney, gaining

experience as event staff. Activities

included escorting the celebrity chefs,

preparation for the event, assisting

guests in completing practical

demonstrations and supporting the main

event coordinator.

Singleton High School Head Teacher

Home Economics Tracey Holloway

said: “Attending the MasterChef LIVE

event was a fantastic experience for the

students who are all studying hospitality

in preparing them for their future careers.

The students had the opportunity to work

with celebrity chefs such as Maggie Beer,

Adriano Zumbo and George Calombaris

from MasterChef as well as the 2012

MasterChef contestants.

“They were also able to practice and

showcase their skills at a higher

level and engage in situations that

required teamwork. The students

performed very well and were even

asked to come back to be involved

again in the future.”

Hunter Valley Operations General

Manager Operations Tom Lukeman

said: “I congratulate the students

for representing their school in the

MasterChef LIVE event. Coal & Allied

is proud to support local schools and

provide opportunities that develop skills,

team work and direction for students’

future careers.

“Our long term partnership with

Singleton High School includes projects

through the Coal & Allied Community

Development Fund, the Aboriginal

Development Consultative Committee

and supporting career development

through workshops and apprenticeships.”

Coal & Allied also asked Singleton

High School students to cater their

end of year partnerships event held in

November, providing the students with

first-hand experience in working at

a function.

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From the GMs

Tom Lukeman

Hunter Valley Operations (HVO)

Welcome to the final edition of the

Singleton community newsletter for

2012. As we quickly approach the

holiday season it is a good time to

look back and review. During this year

Coal & Allied was fortunate to support

more than 170 local projects and work

with many local community groups on

projects that will truly build stronger

and more sustainable communities

surrounding our operations. To read

about our end of year celebration with

our community partners see page

6. Our Site Donation committee has

also been busy, providing $100,000 to

support more than 40 local projects

during the year.

In early November the Singleton

Chamber of Commerce Breakfast was

held at the Singleton shopfront and

included an overview on the new

Work Health & Safety and Workers

Compensation legislation led by

Workcover and Coal Mines Insurance.

It was pleasing to see many local

businesses in attendance to learn more

about this very important topic. At

Coal & Allied health and safety is a core

value, and our goal is zero injuries and

occupational illness.

Thank you to those community

members who took part in the recent

‘Your Say’ interviews. These surveys

will be used to gain a personal

perspective from the community on

our operations. We would like to thank

everyone who gave their valuable time

to take part in the appraisal. We look

forward to continuing to work with you

on the outcomes of this work.

At our recent Community

Consultative Committee meeting

there was discussion about the

Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring

Network (UHAQMN) as the regional

air quality monitoring network in the

Upper Hunter Region. Established in

October 2010, the 14 monitoring sites

were operational by February this year

in strategic locations, including the

major population centres of Singleton

and Muswellbrook. If you would like

to know more visit www.environment.

nsw.gov.au/aqms/uhaqmnfaq.htm

Finally I would like to wish you

and your family a happy and relaxing

Christmas. Please be sure to make it a

safe one by taking special care on our

roads over the festive season.

Cam Halfpenny

Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW)

It was great to see so many community

members take part in the e-waste

collection in October, with more than

14 tonnes of unwanted electrical

goods collected, including televisions,

computers and microwaves. Mount

Thorley Warkworth is proud to be

a long term supporter of this great

environmental project.

Our site was recently recognised for its

safety performance after being selected

from Rio Tinto’s Global operations as one

of the joint winners for the company’s

prestigious Chief Executive Safety

Award. As safety is our first priority,

being awarded this accolade was a great

achievement for MTW – I would like to

take this opportunity to congratulate

every employee and contractor for your

continued focus on achieving zero harm.

We have recently called for

expressions of interest for members

to join the new Mount Thorley

Warkworth Community Consultation

Committee (CCC) being established

in accordance with the Warkworth

Extension Project Approval conditions.

We look forward to working with the

new committee when community

representatives have been appointed

by the NSW Department of Planning

and Infrastructure in the near

future. Read more on the Warkworth

Extension Project on page 5.

Three new community response

officers are now also working at

Mount Thorley Warkworth to provide

community members with a line of

communication to the operations

team, particularly during the night

and on weekends. The officers will

assist the operation to respond to

community feedback in a timely

manner and proactively manage

performance in areas such as noise,

dust and lighting. You can read more

about our community response officers

on page 6.

I would also like to join Tom in

wishing you and your families a happy

holiday season and a safe new year.

Exploration Licence 5291 and Assessment Lease Application for Southern

Coal & Allied is committed to a long

term future in the Hunter Valley, and like

many other producers, holds exploration

licences outside of its existing operations.

In September we applied to renew one of

our existing licences, Exploration Licence

(EL) 5291, to the east of the Hunter

Valley Operations mine.

If granted, this renewal will allow

Coal & Allied to continue the exploration

activities in this area under land access

agreements with affected landholders.

We have also applied to convert part

of an existing EL on land we own to the

south of the Hunter Valley Operations

mine to an Assessment Lease. If granted,

the Southern Assessment Lease will

permit further exploration to continue

developing our knowledge of the coal

resource in this area but will not allow

any mining activities.

We will continue to keep members of

the community informed about our plans

and activities.

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Community

Students learn about local industries

Local primary school students took

the opportunity to learn more about

the industries that contribute to the

Singleton community and economy

thanks to a partnership between the

Northern Agricultural Society and

Coal & Allied. The event titled Our

Local Industry – Walk of Fame at

the recent Singleton Show involved

students participating in interactive

presentations from members of the

local wine, dairy, beef and energy

industries. Speaker and local dairy

farmer Alex Berry said: “Overall, I

think it was a great experience for

students to hear from a range of

speakers and learn a bit more about

our local industries.”

Pictured: Singleton Public School students Sarah

Bull, Georgia Haines and Thomas Paget with

Singleton Public School teacher Robyn Dibben,

local dairy farmer Alex Berry and Coal & Allied

Community Relations Officer Sarah Jarrett.

“Overall, I think it was a great experience for students to

hear from a range of speakers and learn a bit more about

our local industries.”

Local students inspired by popular children’s author

Popular children’s author and

illustrator Terry Denton recently

inspired more than 4000 Upper

Hunter children as part of Upper

Hunter Children’s Book Week.

Singleton Heights Public School

Principal Simon Mulready said:

“Terry Denton is a fantastic author

and illustrator and a great guest

for Upper Hunter Book Week as

an extension of Children’s Book

Week held earlier in the year.

“Events and programmes such

as Upper Hunter Book Week are

great for students in engaging

them in reading and capturing

their imaginations.”

Terry Denton said: “It is very

important for kids to read not only

to improve their education and

skills that will help them in the

future, but is allows them to learn

about worlds outside of their own.

“Reading can be fun and

entertaining but it can also help

kids develop understanding and

critical thinking.”

Pictured: Students Allan Torsney, Drew

Redemski, Principal Simon Mulready,

author Terry Denton and students Anthony

Thomas, Layla Ross and Angus Smith.

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Olympic hero visits Upper Hunter

More than 500 Upper Hunter students had the chance

to meet an Olympic hero when London 2012 silver

medallist and Australian champion rower Drew Ginn

toured the region in September. Drew visited schools

and community groups including the Singleton

Amateur Swimming Club, Singleton Rotary Club and

Hunter Valley Operations thanks to his role as an

athlete ambassador for Rio Tinto, a proud official

partner of the Australian Olympic Team.

Singleton Amateur Swimming Club President

Sonya Moore said “We were thrilled

that Drew was able to come and visit

us during our annual registration

day and also have a chat with our

representative squad. I’m sure Drew has

inspired a few more to get involved after

they got the chance to hear about his

Olympic successes”.

Pictured (from top): Singleton High School students

Brianna Drury, Chanelle Fairholl, Jackson Hough, Ellie

Walker, Bobby Nott, Olivia McAtamney and Matt Rae

with Drew Ginn. Pic 2: Drew with Singleton Heights

Public School’s Student Representative Council and

leaders. Pic 3: Drew on a dragline with Hunter Valley

Operations employee Clyde George. Pic 4: Drew

enjoying lunch with HVO employees.

Hunter Valley Operations

and Mount Thorley

Warkworth support

Relay for Life

Cancer Council NSW’s Singleton

Relay for Life fundraising event

received a helping hand from the

Hunter Valley Operations and Mount

Thorley Warkworth Site Donation

Committees in October.

The sponsorship helped cover

running costs of the event, allowing

the local organising committee and

participants to focus on fundraising

for the Cancer Council.

Cancer Council NSW Community

Programs and Relay for Life

Coordinator Glen Parsons said:

“More than $90,000 was raised at

the Relay for Life event, which will

go directly to supporting a new

Cancer Council Community Centre

opening in Singleton.”

Programme helps seniors learn computer skills

More than 100 local seniors are learning

computer skills thanks to a programme

supported by the Mount Thorley Warkworth

Site Donation Committee. The site has been

a long term supporter of Computer Pals

for Seniors Singleton Inc. and has provided

a $5000 donation towards computer

equipment to help seniors learn how to use

computers in tasks such as email, internet

banking and Microsoft Word.

Computer Pals for Seniors Singleton

Inc. President Richard Caelli said: “The

programme is very valuable in providing

opportunities for senior members of the

community to build confidence in using

computers for tasks such as banking but

also helping them connect with friends

and family through social media such

as Facebook. We thank Coal & Allied for

continuing to provide support in purchasing

new computers”.

Pictured: Richard Caelli, Pauline McLoughlin,

Mount Thorley Warkworth’s Vivien Franklin,

Margaret Saddow and Trish Rees.

Pictured: Singleton Relay for Life Coordinator

Amy Upcroft and Hunter Valley Operations

General Manager Operations Tom Lukeman

at the Relay for Life fundraising event.

Pictured: Mount Thorley Warkworth General

Manager Operations Cam Halfpenny, Cancer

Council NSW Community Programs and Relay

for Life Coordinator Glen Parsons, Singleton

Relay for Life Coordinator Amy Upcroft and

Hunter Valley Operations General Manager

Operations Tom Lukeman.

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Projects Update

Update on our projects

Coal & Allied

has projects at

various stages in

NSW Government

approval processes.

We will continue to

provide updates and

opportunities for

community input.

Mount Pleasant

Project modification

Bengalla modification

HVO South modification

Warkworth Extension

Abbey Green North

Carrington West Wing

Bengalla continuation

HVO North modification

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2012 (proposed)

2012 (proposed)

Lodged

Environmental

Assessment

Exhibition

Response to

Submission

Assessment

Determined

Warkworth Extension update

The Warkworth Extension Project

Approval granted in February has been

the subject of an appeal before the

NSW Land and Environment Court. The

Court hearings are completed and we

look forward to a timely resolution.

Coal & Allied is obliged to comply

with the conditions of the Approval

and continue to undertake a range

of activities to do so, including

establishing a new Community

Consultation Committee (CCC).

Applications for voluntary community

representatives on this committee have

now closed and have been directed

to the Department of Planning and

Infrastructure (DoPI) through Col

Gellatly, the recently appointed

independent Chair.

Mount Thorley Warkworth has

submitted a number of management

plans to the DoPI for review covering

areas including noise, water, blast,

visual amenities, air quality and

Greenhouse Gas.

Coal & Allied is continuing

discussions on reaching a Voluntary

Planning Agreement with Singleton

Council as required by the Community

Enhancement condition of the

Project Approval.

Coal & Allied seeks additional

tailings storage at HVO North

Coal & Allied will be seeking State

Government approval to increase its

tailings storage capacity at Hunter

Valley Operations (HVO) North.

Tailings are the fine reject material

produced as a by-product in the coal

preparation plants when the coal is

washed. The tailings are pumped as

slurry from the coal preparation plants

to tailings emplacement facilities

via pipeline.

Coal & Allied will be applying for a

modification to its current development

consent to allow for:

• Construction and operation of an

out-of-pit tailings emplacement to

the north of the existing Carrington

Pit, with tailings to be emplaced

via pipelines

• Tailings emplacement in the

Cumnock void via pipelines.

Carrington West

Wing extension

In 2010 Coal & Allied lodged an

Environmental Assessment (EA) for

the Carrington West Wing Extension

with the Department of Planning and

Infrastructure (DoPI).

The EA relates to the proposed

extension of the Carrington Pit at

Hunter Valley Operations North,

which is to the south-west of the

existing pit. Mining of additional coal

is proposed to be undertaken over six

years, on land owned by Coal & Allied

and within the existing development

consent period to 2025.

The Planning Assessment

Commission is currently considering

the project.

If you would like more information on any of these projects you

can speak to a member of Coal & Allied’s Community Relations

team by calling 1800 727 745 or dropping into our Singleton

shopfront at 127 John Street.

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Coal & Allied celebrates partnerships

In early November Coal & Allied

joined with some of its community

partners, council members, local

businesses, school Principals and

media to celebrate the programmes

that took place this year to benefit the

local community.

Attendees had the opportunity

to enjoy the beautiful gardens and

chapel at the picturesque Sacred

Spaces, Convent of Mercy venue

in Singleton. With St Catherine’s

Catholic College students entertaining

attendees, delicious catering prepared

by Singleton High School students and

Singleton Apex organising a beverage

service, the evening was a great

opportunity to reflect on a busy and

successful year of partnerships.

Rio Tinto Energy Vice President

External Relations Fiona Nicholls said:

“I’d like to thank all our community

partners for their hard work in

running their programmes, which

is helping build a strong future for

our region. This year to date, more

than 170 local projects have been

supported through our long term

community investment programme.

We’re proud to continue partnering

with a wide range of groups who share

our values and goals to help build

sustainable and robust communities

in the Hunter Valley.

“Our employees have also been playing an active role in

their local communities, embracing events and fundraising

activities and committing almost 1600 hours to a diverse

range of charities and community groups since July last year.”

New community

response officers

Three community response officers

are now working at Mount Thorley

Warkworth to provide community

members with a line of communication

to the operations team, particularly

during the night and on weekends.

In addition to providing a timely

response to community concerns

during non-work hours, their role

includes on and off site inspections,

capturing and communicating

operational changes in response to

weather conditions and community

feedback and calls to our Community

Complaints Hotline. They will also suggest

continuous improvement ideas to further

improve environmental performance.

Pictured (l-r): Our new community response officers - Chris Quinn, Ian Forbes and Kurt Sorensen.

For more information about Coal & Allied’s

operations or activities in your local community:

Visit our shopfronts:

127 John Street, Singleton

19 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook

Call:

Coal & Allied Information Line

1800 727 745 (freecall)

Community Complaints Hotline

1800 656 892 (freecall)

Email:

cnacommunityrelations@riotinto.com

Visit:

www.riotintocoalaustralia.com.au

Coal & Allied Industries Limited

123 Albert Street

Brisbane 4000 Australia

Mount Thorley Warkworth

Community Consultative Committee

A new Community Consultation Committee is

being established for Mount Thorley Warkworth

to comply with the conditions of the Warkworth

Extension Project. Dr Col Gellatly AO was

appointed as the new independent Chair in

August and the NSW Department of Planning

and Infrastructure (DoPI) has endorsed

this appointment.

We welcome the wealth of experience Dr

Gellatly will bring to the committee from

his distinguished career in government,

which included serving as the State’s most

senior executive as Director General of the

Premier’s Department.

Applications for voluntary community

representatives on new CCC closed in October and

have been directed to the Department of Planning

and Infrastructure (DoPI) through Dr Gellatly. The

names and contact information for these new

members will be made available shortly.

Hunter Valley Operations

Community Consultative Committee

Cr Hollee Jenkins 0418 595 484

Gail Hunter 0419 247 151

Jeffrey Neal 0427 019 432

Charlie Shearer 6572 1701

Ian Beal 6572 3596

Dr Neville Hodkinson

Gail Easton 0478 069 912

Coal & Allied representatives

Tom Lukeman 6570 0273

Paul Ernst 6570 0273

Andrew Speechly 6570 0497

Karen Peters 6570 0376

Jennifer Bowcock 6549 0506

Freecall 1800 727 745 | 127 John Street Singleton | 19 Bridge Street Muswellbrook | www.riotintocoalaustralia.com.au

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