BGC Contracting enters landmark partnership with FIFO Families

BGC Contracting enters landmark partnership with FIFO Families

Photo: Greg Heylen presents cheque to Nicole Ashby of FIFO Families.

Australia’s largest privately held mining and civil contracting firm, BGC Contracting, has joined forces with FIFO Families to provide an added level of support for its 2,000 employees working on a fly-in, fly-out basis around Australia.

The partnership, through which BGC Contracting FIFO employees will gain access to the full range of services and programs provided by FIFO Families, was announced on Tuesday 27 May 2014 at the official opening of the contractor’s new head office in Osborne Park.

BGC Contracting Chief Executive Officer Greg Heylen said the initiative demonstrated that the company took the concept of looking after the welfare of its employees extremely seriously.

"One of our corporate values is safety and as a part of this we have made a commitment to look after our employees’ health and well-being," he said.

"Those who have to spend long periods working on remote sites face unique pressures in their family lives and we have a duty to provide them with adequate support."

FIFO Families founder and director Nicole Ashby applauded BGC Contracting for embracing her organisation’s ideals and recognising the challenges that came with the FIFO lifestyle.

"This partnership will allow families and couples to access support, guidance and educational advice, so they can get the most from their FIFO lifestyle," Ms Ashby said.

"It is pleasing and reassuring that BGC Contracting includes families in their new Charter, and through this partnership we can now provide support for FIFO workers and their families on site and at home."

Mr Heylen will tonight present Ms Ashby with a cheque for $115,830, representing BGC Contracting’s initial investment in the FIFO Families program. The investment is expected to grow as more employees sign up to access the services on offer.

BGC Contracting’s largest FIFO site is Koolyanobbing, where it undertakes iron ore mining for US company Cliffs Natural Resources. The contractor also employs FIFO workers at Wodgina and Mt Webber (Atlas Iron), Spinifex Ridge (Mineral Resources), Ichthys LNG (Inpex) and Roy Hill (Hancock Prospecting).