15 August 2012
To the Editor,
I am writing to you today to express ResCo Services’ unconditional support for Rio Tinto Coal & Allied’s application for the extension of their Warkworth Mine in the Hunter Valley.
Our long term contracts with Coal & Allied’s mining operations provides a great deal of certainty for the ResCo Services business. As a result, the partnership ensures the stability of employment for our ResCo Services employees, stability to local businesses that supply our goods and services, not to mention members of the local community who benefit from our ongoing support.
Here at ResCo Services, we currently employ close to 100 personnel across Coal & Allied’s Mount Thorley Warkworth operations, including operators, trainers, administrators, trades and supervisors. To service this team we employ an additional 10 support personnel in our Singleton office.
The extension of the mine would not only guarantee work for hundreds of residents in the Singleton and wider Hunter Valley region, but it will also have a very positive roll-on effect through organisations, which profit from these developments and in turn contribute to the welfare of the local community.
ResCo Services is a major employment provider in the Hunter Valley region, with between 600 to 700 personnel, a majority of which are from local areas. While not all of these employees work at the Coal & Allied mines, the development of the Warkworth mine would ensure the ongoing employment of our employees working in alternate sites as well.
Most of the people employed by ResCo Services are local to the region and many of them have grown up in the Hunter Valley. We pride ourselves on providing our employees with a safe, healthy working environment and furthermore, investing back into the local community in which they live. Without substantial support in the development of local employment opportunities, these environments and support systems cannot be sustained.
As part of our commitment to developing opportunities for employment in the region we have recently invested in a state-of-the-art training simulator to be used for developing the skills required for truck operators in the mining industry. The award-winning training ensures that our ResCo Services trainees are safe in their work environment and have the skill set they require to build long-term careers in the mining industry.
As part of this training program we have formed a partnership with Mission Australia to work with local Indigenous communities to increase the chances of employment for Indigenous youth in the region. We have recently graduated our fourth class from the Indigenous Trainee Simulator Program, with a number of the candidates now gainfully employed at Coal & Allied mine sites in the Hunter Valley, including Mount Thorley Warkworth.
Coal & Allied’s Mount Thorley Warkworth operations granted ResCo Services permission to establish this training facility on their property, so that we can operate this training facility cost effectively and, in turn, maximise the potential benefits.
Without this business and infrastructure support from Coal & Allied, we cannot guarantee the viability of these programs, which provide employment opportunities to so many local people and foster a great deal of talent and expertise in the area.
ResCo Services has a strong belief and commitment to investing in the local community which is made possible by our positive operating results, representing a positive roll-on effect from local mines. We are the major sponsor of LifeLine in the Newcastle and greater Hunter area and this significant investment makes local Employee Assistance Programs and initiatives such as “Mind Your Mates”, possible.
We also support many sporting groups such as local netball and rugby league teams, and we are a major sponsor of ResCo Park in Singleton, which we feel is an important component of fostering healthy young people in the area.
To further our commitment to the local community, we focus on purchasing many of our consumables, personal protective equipment, stationary and general items for business operations from local suppliers. Quite often we find these products and services to be superior to ones available in competing Metro areas. ResCo Services has invested a total spend in excess of $4.0million with local businesses within the past 12 months, which we strongly feel contributes to further employment opportunities in the area.
ResCo Services has been operating in the Hunter Valley region since 2007 and many of our business divisions were originally locally owned businesses that have occupied this region for many years before being acquired by ResCo Services during the 2007-2008 period.
Many of the original employees from these businesses are still working with ResCo Services today. We hope that by investing in the development of employment opportunities, such as the extension of Coal & Allied’s Warkworth mine, we can safe guard these jobs well into the future.
In summary, ResCo Services are thankful for the support of businesses such as Coal & Allied’s Warkworth mine and we fully support the longevity of their operations.
Chief Operating Officer
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