Glencore lends a watery hand as mercury rises

Apprentices and graduates from Glencore’s Ulan coal mine in New South Wales have put their skills to good use, installing an automated drip irrigation system at the local school.

As the mercury continues to rise, the public school was finding it difficult to keep up watering efforts, keeping 40 newly planted trees and a vegetable garden alive – especially over the holiday period.

Before the system was installed local volunteers, teachers and students armed with watering cans were manually watering the crop on a daily basis.

Ulan designed, constructed and installed an irrigation system which waters the trees while school is out, giving the teachers, students and parents a well-earned break.

“We are really delighted with the irrigation project,” Ulan school principal Annette Riley said.

“It was a positive demonstration of community involvement that went well beyond our expectations and will deliver many long-term benefits for the school.”

Ulan apprentice Callan Hawkins said the project was a rewarding one.

“We thought the scheme was a good idea and knowing we were giving back to the community was very rewarding,” Hawkins said.

“We’re certainly looking forward to seeing the results of the irrigation system in the near future.”

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