Friends, family and community members had the opportunity to experience life at an underground mine during a community Open Day at Cadia Operations in April 2019.
Around 2,500 visitors attended the Open Day, which is held every two years to showcase the operation and to demonstrate Cadia’s commitment to openness and honesty.
The theme of the Open Day, which also marked 20 years of operation for Cadia, was a celebration of past and future.
Mine tours featured panoramic views of the Cadia open pit, a visit to Cadia’s progressive rehabilitation and tailings storage facilities, an expansive display of surface and underground machinery and, for the first time, a visit to the Ridgeway underground mine.
Members of the public also had an opportunity to tour the Blayney Dewatering Facility, the final stage of Cadia’s ore treatment process.
The Open Day also featured an Interactive Display Centre at Blayney Shire Community Centre, where the community could learn more about the operations.
There was entertainment for all ages with food stalls, live music, a free jumping castle and face painting.
Newcrest matched proceeds from the gold coin ticket sales dollar-for-dollar and A$12,500 was raised for CanAssist Blayney, a local charity dedicated to supporting local people affected by cancer.
The Open Day would not have been possible without the help of more than 100 volunteers from the Cadia workforce who assisted in the running of the event and ensured the safety of all visitors to the mine site.