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Commitment to Local Labour

There is commitment to local labour should a coal mine go ahead at South Bickham and there are a number of benefits the local community will see in the future.

Bickham Coal Company is committed to employing local labour. It is part of their employment policy that a local, either contractor or manpower, take priority over those who do not originate from the immediate area.

The 2004 bulk sample at South Bickham saw a number of locals hired. They found that working close to home and in a rural setting were of great benefit to them and would gladly work on the Open Cut Mine should it be formally approved. Three of these men are featured below.

Mark LorenzMark Lorenz - Project Manager
Mark was "on the ground" for 15 months during the bulk sample in 2004. He oversaw operations as project supervisor, but also took on managing roles where required. Mark has extensive mining experience both in Australia and overseas, working for both Indonesian and Australian coal mines. During the week, while working on the bulk sample, Mark lived at Bickham South House and on the weekends in Kilaben Bay. He noted that the rural setting and co-workers were a great benefit of working on the Bickham bulk sample.


Simon FordSimon Ford
Simon Ford was employed as a Plant Operator at the Bickham Coal Bulk Sample for 12 months. Simon lived in Murrurundi and said that he enjoyed the lifestyle close to the bush while working on the bulk sample.




Geoffrey LameyGeoffrey Lamey
Employed as a Grader Operator, Geoffrey Lamey worked on the Bulk Sample at the Bickham site for six months. Geoffrey is from Blandford, where he lived during this time, and benefited from the coal mining experience.




Peter MillgatePeter Millgate
Living in Murrurundi, Peter Millgate worked as a Truck Driver on the Bickham Coal Bulk Sample for seven months. Peter agreed that the coal mining experience was beneficial while working at the Bickham site.




A total of 14 people worked on the bulk sample, with ten recruited from the local area.

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