Still room for fun as Northparkes $220m block cave gets under way

From shaking out moves at the Parkes Elvis Festival to commencing its next block cave mine, it’s all happening for Northparkes Mines.

CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) are long-time supporters of the Parkes Elvis Festival – a key event in the calendar year for the local community of Parkes, New South Wales.

Each January, the Northparkes employee pipeline, which is made up of graduates, apprentices, scholarship holders and vacation students, is given the opportunity to get involved by designing and building the Northparkes float for the festival’s Northparkes sponsored street parade.

The Northparkes Mines Street Parade is a major highlight of the Parkes Elvis Festival. Elvis-themed floats and vintage and classic cars and motorbikes (led by the Northparkes crew) travel down the main street of Parkes in front of thousands of Elvis fans. Employees and their families are invited to dress up and jump on board the float and join in the fun.

What better way to showcase the creativity and passion of employees and the region. The Parkes Elvis Festival is one of the many events Northparkes are involved with and reflects the great community spirit in the region, making it a great place to live and work.

Northparkes is running a massive recruitment campaign for the complex three and a-half year construction of its new block cave.

They will require up to 180 additional people at its peak and are urgently calling for personnel now. Roles include superintendents, mechanical engineers and construction supervisors specialising in a range of areas, underground development operators and technicians, and professionals in health and safety, training, and human resources.

The $220 million project will deliver 11 kilometres of underground development, an underground primary crusher, conveying systems and associated infrastructure. Personnel required for the construction will largely be a mixture of Northparkes employees and Central West contractors. Full production is expected in mid-2022 and when complete, the new block cave known as E26 Lift 1 North (E26L1N) is expected to produce approximately 40 million tonnes of ore over a 10-year period.

E26L1N will be designed to utilise automation and digitisation, helping to deliver a safer and more productive mine.

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