6 Months of Kuuwa

6 months of kuuwa

Six months ago today we headed off to the Mining Club lunch with our pull up banners, merchandise and a couple of cheesy grins.

Rewind a couple of months and Kuuwa was just an idea on a piece of paper.

We lined up all our ducks. Logo designed. Adverts in the Business News and The West all set up. Social media channels populated. Website maps drawn up. And the all-important trucker caps ordered. But we needed a launch date to focus on.

So the Mining Club email came through and we pinned the date on the board – 28th March 2019 was to be our launch. We quickly emailed Casandra and set up sponsoring the event – hence the banners. Don’t just turn up with banners, Cassandra will not be happy. Take it from us.

Russell’s Kuuwa video played on the big screen and we were off.

And we haven’t really stopped since.

Site visits all round the state. The sheer magnitude of these mines gets us every time, even now.

We’ve been to countless Mining Club events, a few Business News breakfasts and their 40 under 40 Awards Gala as well as a couple of important charity balls – including the Pirate Ship Foundation.  

We headed to Sydney for Supply Nation Connect and we followed them to Karratha for an indigenous industry trade show. To top it off, we managed to keep our liver intact on a quick trip to Diggers and Dealers.

If you are still reading, we’ll share this with you. Let’s talk about how giddy we got when we sent a couple of vehicles to the Mitchel Freeway expansion project. Yes, we went up and down the freeway looking for our water truck like a couple of kids at Christmas.

But it hasn’t all been fun and games, we have had a couple of hick ups along the way but they have taught us what is important and has made us a little tougher – bit like our trusty old LVs. Shameless plug – sorry.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us this far, let’s see what the next 6 months have in store.

WA Mining Club Young Professionals Networking

WA Mining Club Young Professionals

Perth Winter is hitting us hard but that didn’t stop the Kuuwa team or the sold-out crowd braving the elements for last week’s Mining Club Young Professionals Networking function at the QT in Perth.

So what, you might ask, was good enough reason for us to stay out late on a blustery school night?

We are big fans of the WA Mining Club, you may have noticed since our launch earlier in the year we haven’t missed an event. We love the lunch time catch ups, hearing from the host of great speakers, crossing our fingers we might win the door prize and let’s face it, the lunch is considerably better than the salad we have sitting in the fridge back at the office.

When the last Mining Club’s Young Professionals event was announced we pondered it and decided we would chance our luck as passing for YP! We went, we loved it, we weren’t the oldest in the room and prior to popular belief that we were going to be hanging out with ‘kids’ – we certainly were not. So when the June event was announced we were first in line for tickets and come hail, rain or shine we were going to be there.

Thankfully our second attempt as YP did not let us down either.

The topic of the night – Culture, Our Most Precious Resource.

We heard from a panel of industry leaders with varying views and experience of working in mining and differing experiences of the evolution and varying levels of importance placed on culture within the workplace. 

Top of the chain was Stuart Mathews, Gold Fields Australia, who was heavily involved in the implementation of the current values found at Gold Fields and he discussed how he has seen culture change significantly over the years.

The other end of the spectrum was Matt Thompson, Evolution Mining, who has been in the field for a far shorter time and values learning from those more experienced and learning from past mistakes.

Also on the panel was Yvonne Fahey, Alcoa, who believes culture is a learned behaviour and cannot be forced on individuals. She also talked about a collaborative approach and although it must be led from the top it must be embraced and supported by all levels.

Sam Retallack chaired the panel and was able to give her insight as Head of People and Culture at IGO on how workers adapt and adopt culture.

What we took away from the evening was that investing time and effort in your company’s culture will serve you well into the future. It isn’t as simple as surveying your staff, it is a feeling you get when you walk through a work area and gage the vibe.

Invest and you will have happy staff creating a buzz around your workplace that will have a flow on affect. You will have created something just as contagious as a yawn… a smile!   

Kuuwa Sponsors WA Mining Club

Kuuwa Rentals were proud to sponsor the March 2019 WA Mining Club lunch at the Hyatt, Perth.

We heard from WA’s very own ‘mining influencer’ Dan Lougher, Western Areas CEO, on why nickel isn’t so fickle. It’s an exciting time for nickel. EVs are driving the commodity surge. Couple this with traditional forces such as demand growth and low stocks and we see why there is an accelerated increase for the shiny star.

It was also the launch of STEM unitED which is a great new initiative set to reach up to 6000 students this year with the aim to promote the use of digital technology and develop the skills required by emerging STEM jobs.