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The PNG Hunters will visit the Lihir gold operations in New Ireland province this week.

The trip, sponsored by Newcrest Mining, will be a first for the Hunters, presenting an opportunity to visit one of the world’s largest tier-one gold mining operations. The Hunters are on bye the following weekend.

Whilst at Lihir the team will tour the geothermally active mine site and processing plant, witness a blasting operation at the mine pit and meet the workforce.

The Hunters will also participate in safety and leadership sessions with the workforce and the Lihir Rugby Football League Association, and run on-field coaching sessions with local students.

PNG Hunters Chief Executive Officer Scott Barker and coach Stanley Tepend will travel to Lihir with the team.

“The SP PNG Hunters are incredible grateful for the support provided by Newcrest Mining over the last 18 months and we are delighted to be partnered with such a reputable brand in Papua New Guinea,” said Mr Barker.

“This week is a wonderful opportunity for two iconic Papua New Guinean organisations to come together and grow their partnership. We thank Newcrest Mining for the invitation and look forward to working closely together into the future.”

Newcrest is proud to be a gold partner sponsor of the PNG Hunters in 2023. This partnership follows the company’s support last year to help enable the team to return home for their first home match after two and half years away in Australia due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is not every day that we have rugby league professionals visiting our workforce and community in Lihir. Visits like this are rare, providing opportunities for meaningful engagements and new experiences. We are excited about it,” said Newcrest Country Manager, Stanley Komunt.

“We thank the PNG Hunters for accepting our invitation to visit our people and local talent despite their busy schedule. The Hunters trip to Lihir reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting PNG Government’s priority to strengthen sports as part of integral human development,” he added.

Newcrest Mining, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lihir Gold Limited, contributes significantly to Papua New Guinea’s economy through payments of royalties, taxes and provision of goods and services from PNG companies.

Lihir also provides employment for 7000 employees and contractors and creates more jobs for suppliers and contractors.

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