With a simple splash of colour, Newcrest Mining's Cadia Valley Operations (Cadia) has come up with an innovative way to improve safety and efficiency, while also raising valuable awareness for cancer.
Cadia has painted two of its new underground haul trucks unique colours - one bright pink for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the other blue for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
When smaller truck tubs were recently sourced, for the Cadia East PC2-3 project that would allow haul trucks to access beneath the underground conveyor system, Cadia faced a challenge of distinguishing the new truck tubs from the slightly larger tubs in the existing fleet.
Members from Cadia's Development and Fleet Maintenance teams came up with the idea to paint the two tubs so they could be easily identified as 'conveyor-friendly' trucks, while using the opportunity to support two very important Australian cancer foundations.
In addition to painting and branding the trucks with The National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia's colour and logos, Cadia also donated $5,000 to both charities as part of the initiative.
Cadia General Manager, Peter Sharpe, said the new trucks, in addition to being a valuable asset to the mining fleet, have already led to many discussions around cancer and opportunities to support impacted members of the workforce, friends and family.
"If the trucks help to prompt any of our people at Cadia to seek medical advice for themselves or a family member, which in turn leads to an early detection and saves a life, then we have a significant contribution to the fight against cancer," Peter said.
National Breast Cancer Foundation CEO, Professor Sarah Hosking, said that research is the key to stopping future breast cancer deaths.
"As the National Breast Cancer Foundation is 100% community funded, we are completely reliant on support from the community and the generosity of our corporate partners like Cadia, so their donations will go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030," Professor Hosking said.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn AO, said they are honoured to partner with Cadia on this game-changing awareness initiative.
"It's a win for the Cadia team, a win for the local community, and a win for every man affected by prostate cancer. Cadia's donation will go towards life-saving research, awareness, and support - our aim is to help all Aussie men win the battle against prostate cancer," Professor Dunn said.
The truck tubs were lined and painted by Whittaker Contracting and the branding artwork was completed by McSigns.
Haul trucks are primarily used during mine development to transport waste rock to the surface.