Zinifex Century Mine’s collaboration with Lawn Hill Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company and Queensland’s Department of Sport & Recreation has made them a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
The joint venture Surf n Turf Life Skills Program offers new life experiences to Indigenous youth from the Lower Gulf region of North Queensland, empowering them with confidence and improved life skills.
The program delivers life and work skills that can be used in the work place and in their personal lives.
The program accepts 12 participants at a time and spans two weeks.
By the end of the program, each participant has had a thorough health check, travelled, visited a mine site and had an opportunity to receive a variety of training which includes horsemanship, scuba diving, high ropes, abseiling, anger/ alcohol management, leatherwork, canoeing and surfing.
The program helps develop confidence in these young people so that they can develop their individual talents and abilities and expose them to positive experiences they would not normally be able to access in their daily lives.
Peter Cameron from Century Mine acted as a mentor and motivator for the young men who were a little hesitant or shy about trying new activities.
The program opens up a wider range of choices for their future employment and enriches their personal lives. The aim is to improve their life skills so that they can make better life choices.
At the end of the 2007 Surf n Turf program, 11 of the 12 participants went into full time employment.