CMOC Northparkes Mines
Parkes Shire Council
Northparkes Mines is a copper and gold mine located in the Central West region of NSW.
In 2014, Northparkes bought the Kokoda Biodiversity Offset, establishing a conservation area to transform degraded farmland into a functioning woodland, protected in perpetuity under a voluntary conservation agreement. In 2019 Northparkes engaged local labour provider Skillset Landworks who partnered in the delivery of the project.
The project successfully trained and employed local Land Works crews providing opportunity to local people to gain valuable skills and experience for their future career. These crews rehabilitated the area with tree planting and revegetation management plans.
The 350 hectare conservation area has open grassland and dense woodland, targeted for its connectivity between National Parks within the Mandagery landscape.
Within the area, Northparkes has set out to restore 37.3 hectares of degraded grassland to a Grey Box Grassy Woodland community, reflective of the surrounding plant community types.
Over a period of 18 months, more than 18,000 individual plants comprising 30 different native species were planted in the area and are now thriving. The work generated has also supported the local community, with recruitment acknowledging Australian Traditional Owners who received TAFE accredited qualifications and employment.