MPK employees stop work – but for all the good reasons
16 November 2020
MPK’s workforce took time out today to mark the launch of a new employee engagement and mental health program being rolled out across the entire company.
The multi-faceted program revolves around three pillars of mental and physical health and personal wellbeing, and thanks to genuine collaboration with MPK’s workforce during development, is highly-tailored to focus in on issues MPK employees said were important to them.
Key to the success of the program is the building of a workplace culture supportive of positive mental health outcomes and ensuring employee awareness of typical mental health and wellbeing issues and behaviours.
Relying heavily on personal participation in health and wellbeing initiatives, the program also monitors company wellness and provides a feedback mechanism so facilitators can gauge the program’s cut-through and buy-in with employees.
During the program’s company-wide launch, MPK’s entire Executive and site-based leadership teams made commitments to support and promote initiatives that lead to better mental health outcomes, and to play a more active and visible role in reducing the stigma associated with mental health illness.
To further bolster on-ground mental health support for employees, the program launch also introduced a 20-strong team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) that will now have a permanent presence across the company’s operations.
The MHFA team, all employees working across MPK’s operations, recently completed an intensive mental health assistance course to equip them with the skills and knowledge to provide immediate support for any employee needing a helping hand.
MPK crews successfully complete Stage 1 works on Berrybank Wind Farm
23 October 2020
MPC Kinetic (MPK) reached a major milestone this month on the Berrybank Wind Farm in regional Victoria, with crews successfully completing their balance of plant foundation works for Vestas, as part of the 43-turbine wind farm project being developed by Global Power Generation (GPG).
MPK Business Unit Leader Ross Miller said it was great to see final completion of Stage 1 of the project, which would soon enable the Berrybank Wind Farm to commence operations and generate up to 180 megawatts of green energy - enough to power 138,000 homes.
Mr Miller said this was MPK’s second successful wind farm delivery in regional Victoria and the company was pleased to be actively bringing projects to fruition for its clients, as Australia continued its move toward a balanced mix of reliable energy resource solutions.
“MPK sees a great deal of merit in renewable energy production and was pleased to play a key role in the development of the Berrybank Wind Farm for GPG and Vestas, but also along the way, build solid relationships with local contractors and local people employed during delivery of Stage 1,” Mr Miller said.
“We made a commitment that we would go local wherever possible, and we honoured that commitment by employing 60 local people and investing more than $43m into 55 local businesses across the region.
“While completion of Stage 1 is a great achievement for MPK, and the project’s overall development, what’s more pleasing is the unified and focused team effort that enabled 150,000 manhours to be safely performed with no lost time injuries on the job, which to me, is the real key to successful project delivery,” he said.
Mr Miller said when the Stage 1 statistics were tallied, they too were impressive, with the 43 foundations requiring more than 22,000 tonnes of concrete produced on site and 300,000 tonnes of imported quarry materials.
Mr Miller thanked the eight private landholders and land managers for their assistance and understanding as MPK crews worked across their farms while completing the Berrybank Wind Farm.
Key Project Facts:
Duration of construction works - 11 months.
Workforce numbers – 115 at peak.
Local contractors/partners engaged - 55
Local business investment - $43m
Local jobs generated - 70
Local quarry materials required – 300,000 tonnes
Reinforced steel required for foundation construction – 3000 tonnes