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Cadia Valley Operations is owned by Newcrest Mining Limited and is one of the largets gold mining operations in Australia. Operations include two underground mines and an ore processing facility.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Newcrest is responding to the pandemic in accordance with all local, state, federal and international advice. 

NSW Health is providing information for the public and regular updates via their website

Newcrest market and media releases can be downloaded via our website.

More Information

Community members requiring further information or with specific concerns can call the Cadia Community Hotline at any time on 1800 063 043.

Community Updates

Following are community updates providing more information on Newcrest's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19); 

Friday, 22 May 2020

COVID-19 Update for Cadia

CADIA COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

Cadia’s COVID-19 Community Support Fund has contributed more than $250,000 to the local community to date.

Recent donations include:

  • $38,972 towards laptops for the Orange District Early Education Program (ODEEP) to assist families in accessing ODEEP’s telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • $25,000 towards the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. Funds are being used towards the provision of internet, educational programs and devices to assist children in remote learning during this time.

  • A donation of 10 Samsung tablets to enable Uniting Central West elderly clients to connect virtually with their support groups.

  • A ‘Cuppa on Cadia’ day at Orange Health service, providing free coffee to health professionals.

  • Family meals provided to health professionals at Blayney Health Service and continued meals for Orange Health Service’s COVID-19 response team.

  • Food hampers for Cadia’s near neighbours and local community organisations such as Blayney Rotary Club, Orange Food Bank, Molong’s Pantry, Canowindra Food Basket, Canowindra CWA, Cudal CWA, and Yeoval Community Health Centre.

  • Recliner chairs for COVID-19 testing at Blayney Hospital;

  • Milthorpe Business Association tourist pamphlet.

An important focus of the Community Support Fund at Cadia will be providing direct support and initiatives specifically for the community members within the Cadia District Enhancement Project (CDEP) area, our closest neighbours. Based on community suggestions, Cadia has been working in partnership with CDEP members to develop projects.

The first initiative was the provision of a hamper containing fresh local produce and essential items that were in short supply due to panic buying. All items in the hamper were sourced from seven local businesses and Canobolas High students from the Clontarf Program volunteered their time to pack the hampers.  Manildra Flour Mills generously donated all the flour that was provided in the hampers. Cadia recognises this valuable contribution by Manildra Flour Mills.

In total 200 hampers were distributed, with over half being provided to charity. The charities were very grateful for the community’s generosity and asked that their thanks be passed on to everyone. CDEP will deliver further projects with information due to go out shortly.

Cadia's workforce is continuing to drive an onsite breakfast program, with local food and coffee vendors onsite each Friday, with bacon & egg rolls and coffees for purchase. The program is designed to enable the workforce to support local vendors who have been impacted due to operating restrictions resulting from COVID-19 rules. Cadia will continue to have local vendors onsite until the end of June.

Cafe Latte2Meals for Orange Health Service – Supplied by various vendors including Café Latte. Samsung tablets for Uniting Home Care - Alison Farrar & Rhys SmithAlison Farrar (Cadia) and Rhys Smith (Uniting Care) - Donation of Samsung tablets.

NEWCREST COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

Newcrest recently announced a A$1 million funding contribution to support cutting edge COVID-19 vaccine research in partnership with the University of Queensland (UQ).

The contribution has been made by Newcrest as part of its recently launched A$20 million Community Support Fund and will be specifically deployed to support UQ’s ground-breaking ‘molecular clamp’ technique to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

If successful, the technique being applied by UQ will not only bring the promise of overcoming COVID-19, but also demonstrate the efficacy of a new approach to vaccine development globally. 

Newcrest’s donation towards COVID-19 vaccine research provides financial support towards developing a measure to protect the health and safety of our community, and also contribute towards saving lives and reducing the impact of COVID-19 globally.

Friday, 24 April 2020

COVID-19 Update for Cadia

The past two weeks have been extremely pleasing from a community perspective, with continued reduced rates of infection both nationally and in our local community.

There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at Cadia and we continue to assess our approach and take advice from the Australian Government and its relevant health authorities as this information becomes available.  

Cadia’s COVID-19 Management Plan has contingencies in place for a full range of potential scenarios and has been developed in conjunction with existing industry information, including the Minerals Council of Australia Community Checklist. We believe we are prepared for any scenario in the unlikely event that it should occur, and we will continue to update our community.

The Newcrest Community Support Fund was recently launched and we have received some excellent applications to support our local community through this time. To date, we have provided funding towards face masks for the Orange Health Service, sponsored family meals for health professionals in the COVID-19 response team and are about to commence weekly BBQs at Cadia to provide support to local catering companies.

We have also commenced work on a socioeconomic study and will be utilising data from the detailed stakeholder interviews to gauge feedback on how we can support the community through the Newcrest Community Support Fund. If you have any ideas or are aware of any opportunities to support the community through the impact of COVID-19, please complete the application form on our website, www.cadiavalley.com.au/community-partnerships.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

COVID-19 Update for Cadia

Newcrest Mining Limited (Newcrest) has announced the establishment of a A$20 million Community Support Fund to provide financial support to our host communities to assist them with the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our people and our host communities is our priority. The Community Support Fund will initially focus on increasing the availability of medical care and equipment to

cope with the pandemic, as well as assisting in the provision of other essential goods and services, in the communities that host Newcrest’s operations worldwide.

Recognising that the development of a vaccine for COVID-19 could save many lives worldwide, a portion of the Fund will go towards vaccine research, while remaining funds will be distributed to our communities in Papua New Guinea, Australia, Canada, and Ecuador. A portion of this fund will be directed to the Orange, Blayney, and Cabonne regions.

Cadia is a local operation that employs local people who live in our community. With the support of our global company Newcrest, Cadia has the ability to provide direct assistance to many industries, businesses and community groups who are feeling the effects of this pandemic.

Following the announcement on 7 April 2020, Newcrest is now in the process of developing the criteria to identify the best way to administer the funds. Cadia plans to actively engage with members of our communities, all levels of government, our key stakeholders and other organisations, including the health service, to ensure the contribution has the greatest possible benefit within our community, both on a local level, and through the global Newcrest Fund.

This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

COVID-19 Update for Cadia

The health and safety of Newcrest’s people, their families and the communities in which they live and work continues to be our most important focus.

In addition to our existing COVID-19 preventative measures, we have now implemented pre-entry health screening for all personnel entering the site. The health screening involves screening questions, an infrared temperature test to identify any personnel with a temperature of 38°C or higher and if required, an assessment by Cadia’s Emergency Response Officers.

To ensure all personnel to our operations are screened prior to entering the site, we are conducting the pre-entry health screening checks at the Ridgeway turnstiles, as well as testing personnel in vehicles at a checkpoint along the access road to Cadia. The two checkpoints have been implemented to avoid traffic congestion near the Cadia Road/Ridgeway Road intersection.

Last week, the Australian Government announced the closure of all non-essential services across the country. We are continuing to assess our business operations based on the direction of the Government and have received confirmation that the mining industry, and its suppliers, are exempt from this ruling.

The Minerals Council of Australia recently released strict national health and safety protocols for the Australian resource sector to protect the workforce and jobs by ensuring the highest level of health and safety. We are committed to aligning these protocols and a copy of the Resources Industry National COVID-19 Protocols can be found here: https://minerals.org.au/sites/default/files/Resources%20Sector%20National%20COVID-19%20Protocols%20March%202020.pdf.

There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at our site and we will continue to closely monitor the situation and adjust the precautionary measures accordingly.

Tuesday, 24 March 20

COVID-19 Update for Cadia

The health and safety of Newcrest’s people, their families and the communities in which they live and work continues to be our most important focus.

This week, the Australian Government announced the closure of all non-essential services across the country. Cadia Valley Operations (Cadia) continues to assess our business operations based on the direction of the Government and has received confirmation that the mining industry, and its suppliers, are exempt from this ruling. Cadia will continue to operate based on the latest information available with significant preventative measures in place, including:

  • All non-essential personnel are working remotely to avoid unnecessary human to human contact.

  • Implementation of pre-entry screening and temperature testing of all employees, contractors and visitors at site.

  • Additional cleaning protocols enacted.

  • Cancellation of all non-essential meetings, visitors to site.

  • Large meetings and ‘pre-start meetings’ have been decentralised to small groups.

Cadia will continue to assess its approach based on additional announcements by the Australian Government and its relevant health authorities.

Cadia is continually reviewing and updating screening procedures for site access. This may result in temporary traffic congestion near the Cadia Road/Ridgeway Road intersection.

Friday, 20 March 2020

COVID-19 Update for Cadia

The health and safety of our people, their families and the community in which we live and work is paramount, and in line with advice received from health authorities, we are continuing to implement measures to reduce the chance of COVID-19 spreading.

This week, we initiated the step for all ‘non-essential’ personnel to work remotely to avoid unnecessary human to human contact. We have also implemented pre-entry screening of all employees, contractors and visitors, additional cleaning protocols and cancelled all non-essential meetings, visitors to site and large meetings.

In order to ensure the safe ongoing operation of the processing plant at Cadia, a planned maintenance shutdown will commence on 23 March 2020. This essential work is required to replace worn equipment to ensure continued safe operation of the mill. All contracting partners required for the shutdown must adhere to our strict COVID-19 protocols, which includes identifying at-risk personnel, confirming that no travel has occurred to high-risk countries and that each individual is in good health.

Prior to entering site, or travelling on buses to site, contractors will undergo additional thermal screening. We have implemented procedures including staggered lunch breaks and separate work areas where possible to avoid large gatherings and minimise person-to-person contact.

The majority of our shutdown contractors are sourced from our local community to reduce people from outside the region. We are closely managing accommodation and transport requirements for contractors outside the region to minimise interactions with the local community.

All measures are precautionary to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus for individuals, surrounding communities and families.

There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at our site and we will continue to closely monitor the situation and adjust the precautionary measures accordingly.