Learning from Disasters Program – Cobar

Learning from Disasters Program – Cobar 20 March 2021

Leadership & Performance Partners were on the road this week delivering the Learning from Disasters (One Day Program) on Tuesday 16th March and Wednesday 17th March 2021 at Cobar.

Cobar is situated in the centre of New South Wales at the crossroads of the Barrier Highway and the Kidman Way. It is home to approximately 4,700 people. Cobar’s prosperity is built around the thriving mining – copper, lead, silver, zinc, gold – and pastoral industries.

The majority of attendees were from the CSA (Glencore) located near Cobar. CSA produces about 50,000 tonnes of copper each year. This is mined and processed onsite, and railed 700 kilometres to the Port of Newcastle for export to smelters in Asia. CSA directly employs 610 people including contractors. Many are based in the local township of Cobar and embrace a remote, tight-knit community lifestyle.

Also in attendance were employees form the Peak Mine owned by Aurelia Metals. Peak Mine is comprised of several polymetallic underground mines plus an 800ktpa gold and base metals processing plant, located in the northern part of the Cobar Basin in NSW.  Peak Mine produced 59,496 ounces of gold in Financial Year 2019. This operating result included by-product base metals output of 4,267 tonnes of copper, 11,248 tonnes of lead and, 356 tonnes of zinc.

Both the CSA and Peak mines are vital to the success of the Cobar area for the ongoing employment they provide as well as supporting local business and community.

The Learning from Disasters (One Day) program is for holders of practicing certificates for any class of mine to satisfy their maintenance of competence condition.  The aim of the program is to learn from experience, preventing devastating reoccurrences and improving the health and safety of all those working in the mining industry. It is a profound way to acknowledge and recognise all those affected by mining incidents throughout history.

Leadership & Performance Partners are approved by the NSW Resources Regulator to deliver the Learning from Disasters programs (Program 1 – one hour induction or refresher training program for mine workers; Program 2 – two hour program for practising certificate holders – quarry managers with specified mine restrictions; Program 3 – One day program for holders of practicing certificates for any class of mine to satisfy their maintenance of competence condition)

If we can support your business in the delivery of the program to your key stakeholders, please contact us.

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