Peabody’s Indigenous trainees on track ahead of NAIDOC week w/ video interview of trainees and Peabody’s Snr VP Peter Baker

9 July 2018

Peabody has announced a 100 per cent retention rate from its latest Indigenous trainee group as they work towards transitioning to full time operators later this year, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane welcomed the announcement at the start of NAIDOC week and said Peabody was setting a very high standard with Indigenous employment.

“Peabody understands the value of a diversified workforce and is committed to working with Indigenous communities to develop pathways for Indigenous women and men into our sector,” he said.

“Queensland’s resources sector is providing more jobs and opportunities for Indigenous Australians. The State’s Indigenous population is 4 per cent and current census data shows the sector’s Indigenous participation has grown to 4 per cent which places the sector as one of the few industries with a genuine representation.

“I am proud to be part of an industry that provides careers, not just jobs, for Indigenous Queenslanders.

“Across Australia, mining was acknowledged in the Closing the Gap report this year with 6599 Indigenous Australians employed by the mining industry which is an increase of 250 per cent since 2006.

“Our sector’s strong commitment to increase Indigenous participation and retain Indigenous talent was highlighted at this year’s QRC Indigenous Awards night. Not only did we have a record number of people attend and record sponsorship – nominations were the highest in the events 5-year history.”

The Traditional Owner recruits are based at Peabody’s Moorvale mine in the Bowen Basin.

Video interview link below & Peabody release.

Left of camera Ben Isaacs, Peabody trainee
Right of camera Ryan Fraser, Peabody trainee
Peter Baker, Peabody’s Senior Vice President

Media contact: Anthony Donaghy 0412 450 360