SIMEC Mining operation connecting with local region
6 October 2023
Tahmoor Coking Coal took community engagement to a new level during September as it got out and about at two big events in New South Wales.
The SIMEC Mining operation was front and centre at the Wollondilly Anglican College Country Fair with its PJB mine cruiser vehicle rides and Virtual Reality (VR) experience while the Tahmoor stall was fully lit and just as popular at the Illuminate Wollondilly Festival of Art & Light.
Tahmoor Community Liaison Specialist, Amanda Bateman said both events were a huge success and the feedback received from families, college staff, council and festival organisers was fantastic.
The PJBs, which many said looked like a “Mad Max” vehicle, were a huge hit at the Country Fair with more then 400 children and adults enjoying a thrilling ride thanks to volunteers Joel Simpson, Phil Jones and Kevin Firth. Just as popular was the VR underground experience put together by Jason Williams and Paul Bone from the Tahmoor IT team and the GFG Australia Corporate Communications Team.
“The college received rave reviews and has asked us back next year due to the popularity of the PJBs and the VRs,” Amanda said.
“The kids loved the VRs and we had many eager to come and work for the mine after they finish school after seeing it through the goggles ,” Amanda said.
The Tahmoor Coking Coal stall at the Festival of Art & Light was also a highlight with videos of the coal mine, special lighting and giveaways.
“A massive amount of time, planning and effort goes into making these community events possible, so thank you to our planning team for pitching in over the last two months to make these events the success they were and to all our wonderful volunteers,” Amanda said.
“Everyone who gave up their time at these events helps shine a positive light on the great work we do here at Tahmoor.
“They provide a great opportunity to promote our brand and value to the local community and even educate the kids on what our coal product is used for.”
Main picture: Tahmoor Coking Coal’s Amanda Bateman, Amanda Fitzgerald, Zina Ainsworthy and Peter Vale at the Wollondilly Anglican College Country Fair.