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5 July 2017

Easternwell partners with Wirrpanda Foundation

Easternwell has partnered with the Wirrpanda Foundation to provide employment for Indigenous Australians at its Roy Hill Iron Ore operations in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

The Wirrpanda Foundation is led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models. The Foundation aims to empower and build the skill capacity of Indigenous Australians by working with local companies to increase Indigenous employment.

Easternwell’s Operations Manager, Andrew Chandler and Wirrpanda Foundation mentor, Jamie Bennell, recently visited three of our drilling rigs at Roy Hill’s Iron Ore operations to meet with our Indigenous employees. On the day of the visit, one of our rigs was staffed by an all-Indigenous crew.

Wirrpanda’s Jamie Bennell said “We are proud to partner with Easternwell to increase employment opportunities for Indigenous people in our regional communities. It was a great opportunity to visit one of the crews in the Pilbara, and see first-hand the trade skills they have gained since working with Easternwell.”

A highly-skilled rig crew includes Drillers, Trainee Drillers and Driller’s Offsiders. During Wirrpanda’s visit, our Offsiders’ demonstrated a number of competencies essential to support the operation of one of our Dual Rotary Rigs, including drilling a monitoring bore, adding and removing rods, collecting a drill sample, and installing casing to hole and cementing.

In addition to on-the-job learning, each Offsider is enrolled to complete a Certificate 2 in Drilling Operations to begin their drilling career.

Easternwell has an Indigenous employment rate of 25 per cent at Roy Hill Iron Ore’s operation, and a 2-year partnership with the Wirrpanda Foundation to continue to support Indigenous employment in the company.