MMG Century trainees excel at NAIDOC Achievement Awards

13 Jul 2011 12:00 AMMedia Release

Three MMG Century employees were recognised for excellence at the NAIDOC ‘2 Deadly’ Achievement Awards in Mount Isa over the weekend.

Troy Kumsing, a diesel fitter who recently completed a mature-age apprenticeship at the mine, took out the Indigenous Employee of the Year Award.

Laboratory analyst trainee Leontay Hookey was recognised as Indigenous Trainee of the Year while apprentice light vehicle mechanic Aaron Jacob received the Apprentice of the Year Award.

Century General Manager Karl Spaleck said that he was pleased that Troy, Leontay, and Aaron’s hard work and dedication had been acknowledged by the community.

“Troy, Leontay and Aaron have all worked incredibly hard and are a credit to their families and communities.

“With Troy from Normanton, Leontay from Burketown and Aarron from Bindinguu they’re role models for people from the Gulf wishing to pursue an apprenticeship or traineeship in the mining industry or within their communities.

“They’re also wonderful role models for the other 75 apprentices and trainees that are currently working at our Lawn Hill mine and Karumba Port operation.”

Mr Spaleck said Century invested significant resources into providing training and employment opportunities for people from the Gulf communities.

“We’re proud that about 25% of our workforce – or about 240 people – are drawn from local communities and are committed to continuing to provide meaningful employment opportunities for local people.

“To us, it’s about helping people to develop the skills they need for a successful career while strengthening local communities.”

Century was a major sponsor of the NAIDOC ‘2 Deadly’ Awards Achievement Awards, which recognise the achievements of Indigenous employees, businesses and community services from the Mount Isa and the Gulf region.