Cultural Awareness

Telfer Gold Mine’s fully revised Cultural Awareness Program is expected to be available online soon.

The new format study replaces a series of educational lectures delivered by a range of presenters over the past 15 years since Telfer was expanded and re-opened in 2002.

University of Western Australia Emeritus Professor Bob Tonkinson, a world-renowned expert on Martu history and culture, was an occasional guest presenter over those years. Professor Tonkinson has overseen development of the script and content for the new online program, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

The educational program will be compulsory viewing for all Telfer employees and several sub-contractors. The program runs for a little over an hour, and incorporates four sections where viewers are required to answer questions about some of the content they have seen in the program.

Telfer’s Community Relations team, and the program’s producers, were pleased with comments recently made by independent business consultant John Banning, Chairman of Business Agility, who Newcrest invited to review certain areas of the business and who wrote:

“Of particular excellence is the Cultural Awareness package. That is the single best package covering that subject matter that I have ever seen. The only problem with the Cultural Awareness package is that the Newcrest platform, style and relevant content is not in broader use across Australia.”

Ben Bryant, Manager External Affairs and Social Performance, said the program was a major step forward in the delivery of cultural awareness education, with possible applications throughout the Company’s sites.

“Developing this program for an online audience has been an exciting and challenging project that has taken several months to complete, and we’re very pleased with the positive feedback we have received from test audiences,” Ben said.

“The program distils the significant and rich history and culture of Martu People, and the positive benefits all people of different cultures can share with each other. We wanted to present important information in an entertaining and informative way to give our audiences a better understanding and awareness of the Martu,” Ben said.