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Good Heart Launch - 20 February 2013

OPR's Good Heart Mid-West Aboriginal Art Project was launched in Geraldton on 20 February. In its sixth year, Good Heart has won acclaim for showcasing the talents of the region's Indigenous artists to a metropolitan audience. The project will culminate in a week-long exhibition in Perth's CBD in mid-June.  

MWCCI Future Leaders Program - 19 February 2013

OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO addressed the region's emerging business leaders on 19 February, as part of the MWCCI's Future Leaders Program. The program - sponsored by OPR - targets 18 to 30-year-old employees of local businesses, providing them with professional and personal development opportunities and fostering leadership potential.


OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO and MWDC Chairman Murray Criddle launch Good Heart 2013.

OPR's John Langoulant presents MWCCI Chief Executive Bill Headley with OPR sponsorship support for the chamber's Future Leaders Program and upcoming Business Excellence Awards.

Cue Outback Triathlon – 6 October 2012

The second Cue Outback Triathlon proved just as challenging as the first with 35 degree heat, harsh topography, double gees and a roaring afternoon gale. Sponsored by OPR, the event doubled in numbers, attracting competitors from all over the State. OPR’s Louise Watson placed third in the solo female event.


The 900m swim portion of the triathlon was held in a 52-metre-deep gold mining pit.

OPR team Damien Lafrentz, Mikayla Banks and Ben Fordyce with OPR solo competitors Rob Newton and Louise Watson.

WASO 'On the Road' Community Concert – 16 August 2012

A woodwind quintet from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) performed a free classical concert for the community at Geraldton Grammar School. Mitsubishi Corporation, Oakajee Port and Rail and CBH Group were proud to help bring WASO ‘On the Road’ to the Geraldton region.


WASO flute player Michael Waye, oboe player Elizabeth Chee, horn player Francesco Lo Surdo, bassoon player Jane Kircher-Lindner and bass clarinet player Alex Millier.

 OPR's John Langoulant, CBH's Brian McAlpine CBH, WASO's David Whitehead and Mitsubishi's Yasuo Yamanaka.


An Evening of Music on the Farm – 15 August 2012

OPR and CBH Group hosted “An Evening of Music on the Farm” for OPR landholders and CBH grain growers representatives. Guests enjoyed an exclusive performance by an ensemble of musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Lavender Valley Farm.


Janette Schwarz, Charlie Messina, Patricia Weir and Kevin Weir.



Flute player Michael Waye, oboe player Elizabeth Chee, OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO, horn player Francesco Lo Surdo, CBH Group Director Brian McAlpine, bassoon player Jane Kircher-Lindner and bass clarinet player Alex Millier.

Geraldton Clay Target Club 2012 Corporate Cup – 4 August 2012

In its seventh year, the Geraldton Clay Target Club 2012 Corporate Cup attracted more than 350 participants. OPR was pleased to sponsor the charity day which raised $36,600 for Holland Street, an education support school catering for students with intellectual disabilities.


OPR's John Langoulant AO presenting the cheque to Event Coordinator Ian Grant.


Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance Mid West Careers Expo – 2 August 2012

OPR discussed the project's employment opportunities with students at the GIOA Mid West Careers Expo, hosted by the Durack Insitute of Technology. The Oakajee port and rail project will generate around 2600 jobs at peak and once operational will employ around 250 people.  


OPR's Carleen Kelly and Elizabeth May with local students.


OPR Sponsored Round 13 of the GNFL – 7 July 2012

OPR sponsored Round 13 of the GNFL - kicking off with OPR General Manager Government and Community Relations Kim Pervan tossing the coin at the Brigades versus Railways match. Later at the jumper presentation, GNFL Coach Dave Fiorenza announced the A-Section team for the Landcorp Country Week Championships.  


OPR's Kim Pervan tossing the coin at the Brigades v Railways game.

OPR Site Manager Mark Smith, GNFL Country Week Captain Kris Clarkson and GNFL Coach Dave Fiorenza.

NAIDOC Week Ball, Awards and Closing Ceremony – 7 July 2012

2012 NAIDOC Week celebrations finished with the NAIDOC Week Ball in Geraldton, partly sponsored by OPR. OPR's Carleen Kelly was nominated for the Female Community Service of the Year Award and said it was a fantastic night to celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal people.


OPR Indigenous Heritage Advisor Jo Smith.

Award winners and nominees.

Good Heart Mid-West Aboriginal Art Exhibition 2012 — Opening Night, 18 June

Opened by the State Governor, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker QC, and WA Arts Minister John Day, about 240 people attended the launch at QV1, including mid-west artists, community, government and business leaders.


Mitsubishi Development Vice President Iron Ore Saburo Takeuchi; Artist Krocette; Mitsubishi Development Managing Director and CEO Ken Hoshino; Minister for Planning, Culture and the Arts, Science and Innovation John Day MLA; and OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO.

OPR General Manager Government and Community Relations Kim Pervan, Ernie Dingo and Artist Debra Maher.




Mid West Chamber of Commerce and  Industry Chief Executive Officer Bill Headley, Australia Business Arts Foundation Director WA Henry Boston, Geraldton Port Authority Chairman Ian King.

Mitsubishi Development Senior Manager Iron Ore Kohei Harada, Artist Wendy Jackamarra, Mitsubishi Development GM Financial Evaluations & Administration Toshihiro Hayashi.




Manager Louise Watson presenting the Environmental Efficiency Award to Sun City Solar Manager Scott Phillips.


MWCCI Business Excellence Awards – 25 May 2012

OPR promotes sustainable economic development in the mid-west through initiatives such as sponsorship of the MWCCI Business Excellence Environmental Efficiency Award. OPR Environment Manager Louise Watson recently presented the 2012 award to Sun City Solar.

Murchison Education Strategy Support, Cue Parliament – 11 May 2012

OPR attended the Murchison Zone Council meeting of the WA Local Government Association, known as “Cue Parliament” in May, providing a project update, including information on OPR’s recent ownership restructure. The event was also an opportunity to announce funding for the Murchison Education Strategy, supported by OPR and members of the Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance.


OPR Project and Operations Director Jim Netterfield hands over OPR’s contribution to the 2012 Murchison Education Strategy to Cue Primary School Principal Elizabeth Tuckey.p>


Preview of Good Heart Mid-West Aboriginal Art Exhibition – 21 May - 2 June 2012

The preview of Good Heart at the Geraldton Regional Library provides an opportunity for the local community to view a selection of the outstanding traditional and contemporary works. The preview opening was attended by artists, members of community, local businesses, and representatives from OPR and Mitsubishi.


Mitsubishi Development General Manager – Commercial Iron Ore Division Yasutaka Okamoto, Artist Bruce Bradfield and City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Ian Carpenter.

Artist Jennylyn Hamlett and Geraldton Regional Art Gallery Director James Davies.


Geraldton 2012 Rotary District 9455 Conference – 20-22 April 2012

OPR joined hundreds of Rotarians from across the State and beyond for Rotary’s 2012 District Conference in Geraldton. OPR sponsored the event’s “By Land, Sea and Air” Welcome Party on the Friday night. The following day OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO provided delegates with an insight into the future of the mid-west, before joining a panel discussion. 


City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Ian Carpenter, Rotary District Governor Liz Westoby, His Excellency, Governor of Western Australia Malcolm McCusker AC, CVO, QC and OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO at the OPR “By Land, Sea and Air” Welcome Party.

Delegates gather for the OPR “By Land, Sea and Air” Welcome Party.



Mid-West Community Office Sundowner – 7 December 2011

More than 100 guests joined OPR team members at the OPR Mid-West Community Office sundowner. Chief Executive John Langoulant AO reflected on the achievements during the past year, goals for 2012 and thanked the community for their ongoing support.


OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO with Centacare Board of Management Chairman Michael Culloton.

Barbara and Kevin Merritt from Midwest Aboriginal Media Association (Radio MAMA) with Catherine Belcher from WA Museum Geraldton. 

Donations of food and gifts collected for the Centacare Family Services Christmas Drive.

Bishop Justin Bianchini, OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO and Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance Chief Executive Rob Jeffries.










Seniors' Week Morning Tea — 10 November 2011

About 80 mid-west residents celebrated Seniors' Week, with a morning tea supported by Oakajee Port and Rail. Held at the QE2 Seniors and Community Centre, OPR also provided update on the port and rail project.


OPR General Manager Government and Community Relations
Kim Pervan hands over a sponsorship cheque to QE2 Seniors and
Community Centre Coordinator Rosetta Finlay.

OPR Geraldon Office Manager Carleen Kelly (right) joins local residents Pauline and Terry Brennan. 



Kevin King reads the latest about the port and rail project.

Gail Delacy, Nancy Hoggins and Jim Coulson celebrate Seniors Week at the morning tea.









Cue Outback Triathlon — 10 September 2011

Oakajee Port and Rail was proud to co-sponsor the inaugural Cue Outback Triathlon. In perfect conditions, competitors, including several OPR teams, swam across a water-filled mine pit and battled double-gees on the bike section in the pursuit of glory. They joined community members for a post-event bash at the town hall, which went late into the night.


OPR Risk and Compliance Manager Tim Hunt successfully tackled the solo course

Despite almost all bikes suffering punctures during the 28km section – most riders toughed it out to complete the gruelling course 

OPR Senior Environmental Adviser Louise Watson won the open women’s section. OPR also claimed first prize in the team event

Presentations at Cue’s local oval were followed by an outback bash at the town hall









Chapman Valley Agricultural Show — 10 September 2011

OPR sponsored the Art Awards at the annual Chapman Valley Agricultural Show, with creative works submitted from a range of age groups on various mediums.


OPR Paralegal Emma Brown presents the Best Picture Open Winner Award to Eileen Beaver

OPR Paralegal Emma Brown with Taylor Goddard, winner of the Best Picture Youth Award

Department of State Development Site Visit — 15 August 2011

The Department of State Development, along with executives from OPR, Mitsubitshi Development and Murchison Metals visited sites for the proposed Port and Rail.


Representatives from OPR, DSD, MDP and MMX discuss future plans for Wokatharra Gap

OPR Senior Manager Damien McAlinden, MMX Commercial Manager  Brett Clark and DSD Executive Director Oakajee Project Brett Sadler

OPR Engineering Manager Jane Macey and Mitsubishi Senior Manager Iron Ore Kohei Harada talk specifics at the Quarry Site

The group inspect the site, with the Moresby Ranges in the background









Good Heart Mid-West Aboriginal Art Exhibition 2011 — Opening Night, 27 June

Opened by Premier Colin Barnett, the exhibition featured 177 works by 60 mid-west Aboriginal artists. More than 240 people attended the launch, including many of the artists who had travelled from the mid-west.


Mid-West Development Commission CEO Steve Douglas, OPR CE John Langoulant AO and Colin Hamlett of Morawa

Sinosteel COO Julian Mizera, Crosslands CEO Andy Caruso and Mitsubishi Development Vice-President Iron Ore Saburo Takeuchi

OPR GM Kim Pervan and Yamaji Arts Manager Allison Yearwood

Morawa artist Dawn Hamlett, Dr Richard Walley, OPR CE John Langoulant AO and Ernie Dingo


OPR Senior Environmental Advisor Louise Watson with mid-west
resident Phil Frazee

URS consultant Peta Dzidic, OPR GM Kim Pervan and Mission to Seafarers Chaplain Bill Ross

Central Earthmoving's Gary Patterson accepts the Environmental Efficiency Award from OPR Senior Manager Damien McAlinden

Damien McAlinden presents to the Drummond Cove Progress Association on the social and environmental impacts of the project

OPR Mid-West Community Office Manager Carleen Kelly and Jan Jansen enjoy the concert

OPR Finance Analyst Daria Kolchina, Jan Jansen and OPR Infrastructure Access Manager Mike Jansen settle in for the night

Sinosteel COO Julian Mizera, Murchison Mentor Principal Barbara Glenister, OPR Project and Operations Director Jim Netterfield and Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance CEO Rob Jefferies at the sponsorship cheque presentation for Murchison Education Strategy

OPR Regional Manager Peter Spalding, Cue Shire Commissioner Paul Omodei, WorleyParsons Graduate Environmental Scientist Emma Bax and OPR Senior Manager Approvals Damien McAlinden take a break at Cue Parliament
    OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant AO with the Mid-West
    Development Commission's CEO Steve Douglas
Mullewa Shire President Nino Messina with OPR’s Chief Operating Officer Jim Netterfield
Regional Manager Peter Spalding, Geraldton Office Manager Carleen Kelly, Community and Public Relations Manager Kim Pervan and Director Operations Jim Netterfield
OPR's Kim Pervan and Carleen Kelly discuss the port and rail project with guests at the Summit
OPR and the Shire of Mullewa hosted a community update on 27 July 2010, attended by more than 50 locals who were keen to understand the impacts of the project
Chapman Valley residents attended an OPR project briefing at the Shire offices on 22 April 2010 to learn how the port rail project may impact their community and livelihood
OPR Community and Public Relations Manager Kim Pervan (r) with Emma Foulkes-Taylor of Yuin Station at the Murchison community day on 16 July 2010
Residents, both past and present of Murchison shire, and visitors, enjoyed a day of celebration at the Murchison settlement on 16 July to mark the opening of new facilities
The first guests arrive in the beer garden of the Murchison Club Hotel in Cue on 6 May for a community and industry sun-downer, hosted by OPR
OPR Chief Executive John Langoulant, Mines Minister Norman Moore, and Saburo Takeuchi, Vice-President Iron Ore, Mitsubishi, take a break during the Cue Parliament on the balcony of the historic council chambers


OPRs General Counsel and Company Secretary, Phil McKeiver (second from right) enjoys meeting members of the local business community
OPR's Director Operations Jim Netterfield explains the complexities of the Oakajee project and provides an update on recent developments and progress

Focus on Environment — May 2011

OPR kept a focus on sustainability and environmental education during trips to the mid-west in May, attending both the MWCCI Business Excellence Awards and presenting to the Drummond Cove Progress Association.

Red Hill Concert — The Road to Oakajee — 9 April 

OPR sponsored the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough's Red Hill Concert in Chapman Valley. James Reyne headlined the concert, supported by local musicians Moresby Rangers and the Blue Bone Gropers.

Cue Parliament — 6 April 2011

OPR team members spoke with government, industry and community representatives at the Cue Parliament (WALGA Murchison Country Zone meeting),providing an update on the port and rail project.

End-of-year Function at OPR's Mid-West Office — 14 December 2010

More than 80 guests joined OPR team members at their Geraldton office to reflect on the achievements of 2010 and welcome in the New Year. Chief Executive John Langoulant outlined the challenges ahead of the project and thanked the community for their ongoing support.

Mid West Economic and Resources Summit — 31 August to 1 September 2010

Oakajee Port and Rail Director Operations Jim Netterfield presented an update on the project at the Mid West Economic and Resources Forum on 31 August in Geraldton. OPR had a stand in the exhibition hall, where team members answered questions about the project. 

OPR Community Updates

OPR undertakes an extensive program of engagement and consultation including open days and community information sessions, through the mid-west.

Murchison Shire Facilites Opening — 16 July 2010

OPR's port and rail project has a footprint across 7 local government areas including the Shire of Murchison which celebrated the opening of the airstrip, caravan park, motel, stores shed and roadhouse at a community event on 16 July. OPR was pleased to participate in the event.

Cue Parliament — 7 May 2010

The Cue Parliament (WALGA Murchison Country Zone meeting) held on 7 May provides an opportunity for OPR to engage with shire, government, industry and community representatives to discuss project development, proposals and issues or concerns.

Mid-West Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business After Hours — 22 April 2010

More than 250 members of the mid-west business community enjoyed OPR's hospitality and learned about the Oakajee project at a sundowner event hosted by OPR and the MWCCI.

OPR Sundowner — 4 February 2010

About 80 local business and community leaders from the mid-west attended OPR's community sundowner on February 4. During the sundowner OPR announced that it will continue as a major sponsor of the Great Northern Football League (GNFL).