Glencore to open Ulan mines to locals

GlencoreXstrata will open the gates of its Ulan Coal mines to locals on November 9 as part of a community day aimed at showcasing both its open cut and underground operations.

The event is expected to highlight the mine’s equipment and technology, as well provide a history to Ulan Coal’s operations which date back to 1920.

Mudgee Guardian reports this will be the first community day held at Ulan West underground mine after the open cut operation last hosted the community in 2012 and 2007.

GlencoreXstrata’s general manager of western operations, Dan Clifford, said members of the local community will have the chance to view both open cut and underground operations.

“The day provides an opportunity for the community and families of employees to understand mining processes at Ulan and to get a first-hand view of where their parent, spouse, friend or relative works,” he said.

“It will also show there are many facets to mining including several environmental initiatives and heritage considerations.”

Clifford said the day had been in the works for many months, with activities for the whole family including a jumping castle, giveaways and a barbecue.

Glencore has arranged tours of the mine, equipment displays, supplier demonstrations and catering.

Information around community projects and careers at the mine will also be on display.

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