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OTML kicks goals with Cowboys

Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has collaborated with members of the North Queensland Cowboys Rugby league team to set an example for PNG youth.

Former and current players Gavin Cooper, Shellie Long, and Robert Derby were hosted by OTML during visits to a host of PNG schools.

This visit represents the continued strategic partnership between OTML and the North Queensland Cowboys, aimed at driving and fostering positive behaviour change in the community, and is the second following last year’s successful engagement with Cooper and Michael Morgan.

Throughout their stay, Cooper, Long, and Derby embarked on a series of engagements across several schools in Kiunga and Tabubil.

These included Montfort Primary School, St Gabriel Technical Secondary School, Kiunga Secondary School, Kiunga Town Primary School, Tabubil Primary School, and Tabubil Secondary School.

During their school visits the group emphasised the importance of education, fostering healthy lifestyles, making informed decisions, and advocating respect for both elders and peers.

Over OTML’s projected mine life to 2050, the company is estimated to inject over $K30 billion ($11.6 billion) in social benefits into PNG, which includes taxes, royalties, and dividend payments to be derived from the operation.

OTML managing director and chief executive officer Kedi Ilimbit said beyond these economic contributions, OTML is also focused on driving positive behavioural change and nurturing the leaders and professionals of tomorrow.

“By leveraging the influence of rugby league icons, such as Cooper, Long, and Derby, OTML intends to empower our children, youths, and community, to aspire towards excellence, creating a generation of upstanding citizens poised to make meaningful contributions to their communities, Western Province, and the country,” he said.

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