A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
NCIG continues to work closely with NSW Government departments on monitoring the deposition of coal on the outside of train wagons in the coal chain network. In August, the NSW Chief Scientist delivered a report on coal dust emissions practices on the NSW coal chain. This was a study requested by the Minister for the Environment, based on community concern about emissions from the rail corridor. The final report highlighted the significant data gaps in emissions emanating from the rail corridor, and recommended that a 2-pronged monitoring approach be employed to close these gaps. This includes maintaining the current regional ambient air quality monitoring, plus targeted localised monitoring which would focus on potential sources of pollutants, including trains. NCIG supports these recommendations from the Chief Scientist and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to provide a clearer picture of air pollution from the rail network.
Supporting community initiatives is a key focus for NCIG. This is particularly encouraging due to the strong involvement from our people, including employees, contractors and service providers. In early September we held our annual Charity Ball, which is a big event on the NCIG calendar. This year we raised over $90,000 in support of the Hunter Women's Centre, which provides such a crucial service to the women of our region, who have been marginalised through unfortunate circumstance. Our involvement in the Run Newcastle 2016 event has once again yielded substantial funding, this time for the adolescent ward at the John Hunter Children's Hospital. We will also be holding the second round of the Community Support Program 2016 in September, and I encourage those of you involved with local community groups to make an applications for your upcoming events and projects.
Our people have once again exceeded expectations through healthy living and lifestyle changes as part of the NCIG Bounce Program. NCIG again launched an internal 6 week weight loss challenge which 96 employees and contractors completed in June this year. The average weight loss at the conclusion of the challenge was 3.5kg (4%) with the maximum being and amazing 14.2kg. The business lost more than 300kg in total. In addition to weight, girth measurements were included in this challenge with the maximum girth loss being an outstanding 17cm.
Particularly pleasing this time was the participation from our contractors, who in many cases topped the weight loss charts. The benefits of this extend beyond the workplace and make for a healthy and happy lifestyle. The average Australian has gained on average 1/4 kg per year between 2007 and 2012. Bounce is fighting this challenge with legacy benefits of employees moving from obese and overweight categories into healthy weight ranges.
Of our recent business achievements, I am perhaps most proud of the involvement of our people in building business culture. In May, we held a competition to highlight the importance of the way we work by asking our employees and their families to submit logos and statements to support our company values - Involvement, Our Customers and Suppliers, Teamwork, Our People and the Environment, and Achievement. Given this involvement from our employees, it's pleasing we have been recognized as an Employer of Choice from the Australian Business Awards in 2016.
Chief Executive Officer
2016 NCIG CHARITY BALL
On Friday 3rd September 2016, NCIG held its annual charity ball raising $92,000 for a local charity.
This year, NCIG employees chose to support the Hunter Women’s Centre, a fantastic local organisation that provides services to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the Hunter.
The Centre is run by women for women and has been supporting our community for over 40 years. The Centre helps those who are marginalised, experiencing disadvantage or having difficulty in accessing services elsewhere.
We are very proud of this annual event which is planned by our employees and overwhelmingly supported by our contracting companies. Thank you to Access Hire, Convatech, Doito, Downer, Engie, Geared Engineering, HIC Services, Mailec, New Hunter Industrial Services, Pacific National, RCR Energy, Remondis, Wheeler Cranes for their support in raising much needed funds for the Hunter Women’s Centre. We are proud of the effort our people and contractors put into staging such an exciting event.