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Lihir workers first in water, waste management

Six Newcrest Lihir employees have become PNG’s first to be awarded the Australian accreditation in Water and Waste Management, as Newcrest continues its efforts in capacity building and high performance for its business operations in PNG.

The employees, Ngala Papan, Sylvester Yakanadou, Sion Polongou, Mark Mokolevega, Jimmy Leba and Walter Philip were given this prestigious award last month, after completing Certificates 1-4 in Water Industry Operations through TAFE Queensland.

Having achieved this award, the six employees are now able to make a meaningful contribution towards implementing the Newcrest (Lihir) Cholera Management Plan. The Plan caters for the water and waste services for Londolovit town.

Trainer, Don Mackay said, “such achievement is a reflection of the need to properly manage both the water supply, and the wastewater system. A properly run system will not only have significant health benefits on the general public, but will also impact on the profitability of the mine.”

Mackay said given the current mining infrastructure in place, a highly trained and knowledgeable team is needed to ensure provision of safe, reliable potable water supply, as well maintain treatment plants, distribution and collection systems.

The Lihir water and wastewater system is based on the Australian water quality standards and has been in use throughout the town of Lihir.

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