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Newman a place to call home

From the sandy beaches of Mauritius to the red desert landscape of the Pilbara – Jenita has been caring for children at the Newman Day Care Centre for over two years.

“I’m so proud to be here with the Newman community and part of the Newman Day Care family,” said Jenita, pictured with Karchee, aged three years.

BHP provides a number of homes to Newman Day Care so that they can attract qualified staff with affordable accommodation.

“This is part of a bigger retention strategy for what has been traditionally a high turnover industry,” said BHP Corporate Affairs Principal Sue Michoff, who lives in Newman with her young family.

“Improving community services in remote and regional towns is not only important for local residents, but also our workforce - as we focus on enabling women to join our operations.”

Jenita will be reunited with her husband and teenage children at Christmas when they travel to Australia to join her. BHP has upgraded her to a three-bedroom house so that her family can be a part of the Newman community too.

“I’ll be reunited with my own family soon. I’m so pleased for the opportunity my own children will have to enjoy this beautiful country.”

“I want to thank the Newman Day Care for giving me the opportunity to be a room leader and the Newman community for making me so welcome,” said Jenita, who can’t wait to become an Australian citizen next year.

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