Suppliers Tee Off At MMG Century's Annual Charity Golf Day

27 Sep 2010 12:00 AMMedia Release

More than 120 people representing 60 companies will tee off at MMG Century’s Annual Suppliers’ Charity Golf Day at Rowes Bay Golf Course today.

The Golf Day provides an opportunity for representations from companies that supply Century to meet with members of the mine’s management and logistics teams – something that’s not always possible due to the mine’s remote location

Located about 1500 kilometres north-west of Townsville, all supplies must be transported by air or road to Century’s Lawn Hill mine site. Century also operates a dewatering and shipping facility at Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria. In 2009, the company purchased more than $180 million of goods and services, many of which were from Queensland-based suppliers.

Century General Manager Karl Spaleck said that Century valued its relationships with its suppliers, who were pivotal to the continued operation and success of the mine.

“We couldn’t operate without our suppliers and we’re grateful for their support throughout the life of the mine. This support has helped us overcome a number of challenges, including the recent economic downturn.

“Getting together for a game of golf is one way that we can thank our suppliers for their ongoing support and assistance as well as being a way to keep our relationships strong. After all, due to the remote location of the mine, some people may have been in contact only by phone or email.”

The companies also donate items to be raffled off on the day, with proceeds going to a nominated charity. This year all monies raised will be donated to the Normanton Youth Rural Skills Program.

Mr Spaleck said that he was pleased to be able to support this program, which provides opportunities for young people to gain skills in the pastoral industry.

“Century has strong links with communities in north-west Queensland, and we and our suppliers are pleased to be able to support a program that gives young people from Normanton a chance to develop personally while gaining valuable pastoral and horsemanship skills.”

Century is Australia’s largest zinc mine, producing about 500,000 tonnes of zinc metal in concentrate annually. MMG is a substantial global producer of zinc, copper, lead and nickel that is headquartered in Australia and owned by China Minmetals Corporation.

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More information:

Jillian D’Urso
Communications Advisor – MMG Century
0417 117 753