In this Edition:
COVID-19 Response and Support
How has OZ Minerals and AMYAC responded to the COVID 19 Crisis and updates
AMYES /Anangu Mining
What is happening in these AMY Nominees businesses? Job Opportunities?
OZ Minerals/ AMY People
Tjunguringanyi Steering Committee
Wai Nyuntu Palya?
Meet some of the new AMY Nominees staff
Some Local Heroes
Wulla Designs in Port Augusta
Newsletter Vol 3. | August | 2020
Water in Wattiwarriganna Creek Near Prominent Hill Mine after January rain event
AMY Nominees and OZ Minerals
It is with pleasure that we present the third Tjunguringanyi Newsletter; a joint effort between the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people and OZ Minerals. So far this year has been a challenging one to say the least, COVID-19 has rapidly changed our lives and the way we work and we have had to be equally quick to respond to ensure our health and safety and continue the important work in our organisations.
We also had lots of rain out at Prominent Hill in January, over a 100mm in one night! While it briefly made our work environment a little more difficult to manage, it has also created some fantastic growth of vegetation around the area which is great for the country!
It is great to see the continuing strides in our relationship in the past six months, particularly under testing times with COVID-19 constraints to the way we operate. Our ability to maintain our operation at this time is a credit to all those who work at Prominent Hill and AMY-ES and Anangu Mining has helped this to be possible through their support of our controls and measures at the site level.
It is a credit to the AMY group more broadly, that we were able to continue our Tjunguringanyi committee most recently in a half remote and half in-person capacity. It was great to see everyone and to get that sense of things trending back to normal.
There are more exciting things on the horizon for the OZ Minerals and for AMY in the next half of this year and while we look forward to things ahead, we must stay focused on our hygiene standards and follow our health guidelines in our state and communities to protect ourselves and loved ones.
Ian Crombie – Chairperson AMY Nominees
David Brown – Chairperson AMY Aboriginal Corporation
Gabrielle Iwanow – General Manager OZ Minerals Prominent Hill
COVID 19 Response and Support
How has OZ Minerals and AMYAC responded to the COVID 19 Crisis?
The challenges faced by COVID-19 have been unprecedented for us all. We all have had to make significant changes to the way we work, communicate, and collaborate to protect ourselves, our families, our communities, and the organisations we represent.
OZ Minerals and AMYAC have continued a frequent dialogue in acknowledgement of facing these challenges both as individual organisations and as a collective with respect to the Prominent Hill operation. OZ Minerals has operated under the guidance of SA Health and Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) to ensure best practices have been upheld.
Pleasingly to date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 present at the Prominent Hill operation, nor have there been any cases that have transferred to the key communities of Port Augusta and Coober Pedy.
This is due to our organisations taking very strict measures to protect the health and safety of our people, our workgroups, and our broader organisations. Some of the key controls/supports that have been in place at Prominent Hill since March have been:
• Increases to hygiene and social distancing measures at site
• Temperature checks prior to departure to site and prior to return to home
• Site employees working from home wherever possible
• Community engagements temporarily limited to protect remote and Indigenous communities in our region
• A specific and evolving self-isolation and testing program for exempted interstate travellers, under guidance from government authorities
• Additional Employee Assistance Program (EAP) support for all staff working on and off site and specific COVID 19 leave provision to acknowledge rapidly changing family circumstances
• A yarning circle platform at site and remote to specifically engage and support Indigenous staff working at site and remotely
• Online webinars and live streaming events to keep staff connected
While acknowledging that the ongoing changes in Australia and the world more broadly have been unsettling for us all, it is a credit to us all to have at present maintained our operation and the health and safety of people and communities that support it throughout this period of time.
OZ Minerals and Byrnecut Australia
Contract for Underground Mining Services Renewal at Prominent Hill
OZ Minerals announced in July that it has signed a new five-year agreement with specialist underground mining contractor, Byrnecut Australia, to provide underground mining services at the Prominent Hill mine. Byrnecut has been providing underground mining services at Prominent Hill for the past 10 years.
There have been early discussions in this renewal of partnership with Byrnecut for what opportunities there could be for AMY Nominees and AMY people more generally. We are looking forward to exploring these opportunities further together and will be monitoring progress in the Tjunguringanyi Steering Committee.
OZ Minerals / AMY People Tjunguringanyi Steering Committee #5
“Tjunguringanyi” steering committee. “Tjunguringanyi” or “Working together” steering committee is an expression of a ‘shared value, mutual obligation’ approach between OZ Minerals and AMY People summarised by the shared vision and values listed below.
We commit to honour our arrangement and move forward together by: practicing cultural understanding and safety, building trust, having fair and quality relationships, respecting each other, being transparent, being ambassadors for each other, communicating openly, holding each other to account, understanding each other, ensuring mutual obligation, treating each other as equals, respecting country.
• Listening to each other – ‘Kulini’
• Reciprocity – ‘Ngarpartji Ngarpartji’
• Sustainability – ‘Kunpun’ (Strong)
The Committee is dedicated to acting on the following parts of the OZ Minerals and AMY relationship:
How We Work Together: This is to ensure that the relationship remains strong between OZ Minerals and AMY
NTMA: This is to ensure that the rules and obligations of the mining agreement are being met.
Business Development: To review the AMY Nominees businesses at Prominent Hill and to discuss potential opportunities to develop new business arrangements.
Employment and Training: To review numbers of AMY people employed at Prom Hill, discuss employment and training opportunities and discuss ways to improve working life for Indigenous people at Prom Hill
Wai Nyuntu Palya?
Welcome some new Indigenous team members to Prominent Hill
Carlin Stutley- Anangu Mining ROM
Just prior to COVID restrictions, Carlin Stutley began on the ROM as a trainee. The virus restriction did delay his training, but he has come out the other side creating a fantastic impression. Carlin has recently passed his competency tests and is a full time member of the ROM crew.
Kandeana Steele- AMY Nominees
Kandeana has started at Prominent Hill as a cleaner for AMY Nominees, servicing the Anangu Mining and Thiess areas as well as the offices and areas of AMY Environmental Services.
She has made a great impression so far and has begun some training for dump truck driving on the ROM. Looking forward to tracking this great progress.
Some local heroes!
Congratulations to Leah Brown, Jasmine Brown and Candy Taylor, Propietors of Wulla Designs for the recognition on the ABC news website for their painted mural on the pipeline at Port Augusta. This was a great news story at a time when everyone needed their spirits lifted!
They have through this media exposure, been offered to participate in the London Pacific Fashion Show in 2021 – this is exciting news for these great artists! OZ Minerals has pledged support to their designing efforts that they are working on right now and can’t wait to see the results of their hard work.
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Prominent Hill Tjunguringanyi ‘Coming Together’ Steering Committee No.5
Tuesday 7 July 2020
Meeting Start: 11.30
Meeting Finish: 13.10
AMYAC- Chairperson (AMY TSC Rep)
AMY Nominees- Chairperson (AMY TSC Rep)
Group Manager, Social Performance
OZPH- General Manager (AMY TSC Rep)
Manager People and Safety
AMY Nominees – Business Development Consultant
Community Relations Officer
AMY Nominees – General Manager (AMY TSC Rep)
AMYAC- Board Member (AMY TSC Rep)
OZPH- Senior Community Relations Advisor (OZM TSC Rep)
OZPH – Manager Commercial (OZM TSC Rep)
OZPH – Superintendent Contracts
AMY Nominees HR & Ops Manager (AMY TSC Rep)
AMYAC Board Member (AMY TSC Rep)
AMYAC Board Member
AMYAC Legal Counsel
Yellow Highlight = remote attendee
OZPH Community and Environment Superintendent
1. Prominent Hill Tjunguringanyi ‘Coming Together’ Steering Committee – Number 4
Welcome from David Brown to country and the meeting.
Chair – David passed the Chair over to Geoff Deans Sam Hedditch advise the group that the minute taking would be extracted from a video record.
1.1 Representatives and Roles (including Minutes and Meeting Chairperson) – see above
1.2 Opening Remarks – Gabrielle Iwanow (OZMPH); AMYAC
1.3 Overview of Prominent Hill
Introduction of all people present; their roles and their titles.
Opening remarks – Gabrielle Iwanow gave an overview of Prominent Hill:
Michael Pagsanjan Gave an overview of AMYAC:
We commit to honour our arrangement and move forward together by –
• Practicing cultural understanding and safety, building trust, having fair and quality relationships, respecting each other, being transparent, being ambassadors for each other, communicating openly, holding each other to account, understanding each other, ensuring mutual obligation, treating each other as equals, respecting country.
• Listening to each other – ‘Kulini;
• Reciprocity – ‘Ngarpartji Ngarpartji’
• Sustainability – ‘Kunpun’.
2.Standing Action List / How We Work Together – Traffic Light Summary
SH spoke to each item on the standing action list
• Art and culture committee and Strategic Plan from AMYAC; these were explained to be connected because a decision on an Art and Culture Committee cannot be resolved until AMYAC have concluded their strategic planning work which is their priority The timeframe would have to be pushed out
MP mentioned the next steps to understanding the NTMA review process are very important. He mentioned that there are currently occurring that are not being captured in the current NTMA and they need to be resolved this year
GD mentioned that locking in those was priority and looking at the budget needs for a more substantive review could also be put in place
SH mentioned that the Scholarship Trust Committee met twice in quick succession to acknowledge the need to support school students under struggles with COVID19 in terms of needing laptops and other items and that this was a good outcome
4. Employment and Training Review
SH spoke of the improvement in a communications forum between AMY Nominees and OZM to be able to provide support to AMY for upcoming roles as well as operational matters. GD mentioned that every role that occurs on site should go to AMY Nominees to review if they can get involved.
SH updated the apprenticeship intake
AR asked about the adult apprenticeship option
SH mentioned that there are always opportunities for adult workers at the site when opportunities arise
GI gave some feedback as to the current recruitment that has occurred in last 2-3 months (COVID)
MB mentioned that he has not had any visibility on any roles for recruitment on this at all
GI mentioned to WF to put this in as an action for going forward
SH mentioned the training program that had been developed with the school and the fact it would have to be delayed for a period due to COVID. He also mentioned that the look of training was changing rapidly and that online and virtual would be more of a component to follow on with in future. He also mentioned that Prominent Hill had hosted a virtual tour with students from the Coober Pedy Area School and that this was likely to continue in the future.
GI mentioned that there would not be large volumes of roles in terms of growth for roles and that it would be a holding of sorts. Also that it was important for AMY to make informed business growth opportunities that aren’t necessarily linked purely to mining to ensure their future success
JC mentioned a joint phone call with Thiess and Paul Case (MLCS on behalf of AMY Nominees) about introductions to new contract representatives from Thiess and an improvement in the contract of a payment system. He also mentioned some discussion with Sodexo about the concept of a commercial laundry service in the region that could be run by AMY.
BR mentioned that there have being some valuable discussion with Thiess about how to fill the labour hire quota on the ROM and getting some backup staff support- how to avoid vacancies in the future. Also discussion with Sodexo in regards to future labour hire opportunities- which are still progressing as well as laundry service review. He also mentioned that the underground mining services participation have being positive and that they were looking forward to have a seat at the table and how to make this possible in future.
GI mentioned that the Underground Mining Services contract is now signed off and that operationalising of this would occur now and that a meeting on Friday 10 July with Michael Veale (Underground Mining Contract Owner) would flesh out more opportunities for AMY in the meeting
6. Cultural Heritage Review
SH mentioned that Tina Law had completed the Q2 inspections at the site and that the Fibre optic project would await a suitable time to engage AMY to perform the final inspection of the area. He also mentioned the importance of improvements to the site boundary markers particularly with the case of WA Cultural Heritage disturbance and how important this would be to maintain ongoing protection.
IC asked about the signage improvements at site and SH mentioned that there would be improvements made and that they could be scoped by the AMYAC monitors when the Hill 2 Hill project inspection occurs in 2020
MW asked about Cross Cultural Training and whether this could occur in Nov/Dec- GI gave the update that all the leadership teams had been asked to ensure they were compliant and that feedback on when this could occur and if this could occur would be provided in due course.
GI also gave some feedback about the CCA course and that a senior staff member at OZM had spoken with her about how important that experience was for them as an individual and whether that person could attend the next steering committee in November to share some of their thoughts and views and was eager to participate in more support to this in future.
Indigenous Mentoring – Q2 2020
CW displayed some data from mentoring and the types of concerns that have being raised during the COVID19 crisis and explained in detail the way that OZM have responded in regards to the Yarning Circle as well as protecting vulnerable people on site and restricting access to areas near or in remote communities
He also spoke in detail about how and why the Yarning Circle was set up and how this would progress in the week/months ahead to continue to support the Indigenous staff at Prominent Hill.
Any other Business
SH mentioned that the minutes would be recorded from a video link and that would then later be deleted- he then mentioned that the minutes would also summarise the OZM and AMYAC overviews in a very general way so as not to make public the intricate information of each organisation.
Also, that people should expect an update on the AMY Newsletter in the coming weeks ahead.
12 November 2020
Venue: Prominent Hill ??? (to be confirmed)
Standing Action List
To seek feedback about when the Strategic Plan will be completed for AMYAC
Look at the key additional activities between OZM and AMYAC and take to the Common Law Holders to discuss as an addendum to the existing agreement. Other question is whether it is relevant to discuss in this forum – for an operational steering committee to consider.
AMY Nominees, OZM and CEG to get together and work on what is required in employment and training-needs to be an agreement on the process
Add the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the list regarding labour hire.
OZM GM, AMYES to work with Jason C on this proposal to be sent to Jason for review by GM- will then look at what work requires carrying out.
AMY receive every job advertisement on site from OZM
Completed Action List
Gabrielle to ensure that the business update is looked at for public release – it will need to be cleared by OZ Managers prior to any release.
Update employment data to reflect all AMY Businesses
OZM to work with AMY to design a newsletter promoting the TSC process
Additional AMY Noms Rep for Steer Co.
For balance the addition of another AMY Rep for Steer co was proposed.
Cultural Heritage and Mentoring Reports are to be produced in each TSC
Investigate progress of BOAB
Michelle McAulley recruiting Indigenous youth,
Review employment and training slides and find a way to better present data
Review employment and training slides and find a way to better present data
To track the progress, opportunities and linkages of Clontarf to AMYAC and Traditional Owners
Align processes in HR between OZM and AMY
To organise the next yarning circle and expand the invitation at site
Confirmed as a true and correct record of the meeting.