KCGM, Rio Tinto among finalists for WA partnership award

Rio Tinto Earth Assist. Source: Conservation Volunteers Australia

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM), Rio Tinto and BHP Iron Ore are among the six finalists selected by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) for an annual community partnership award.

The 2018 Community Partnership Resources Sector Award gives honour to companies that “extend well beyond their normal obligations” in community affiliations.

The finalists have invested in alliances that focus on education and employment, health and wellbeing, regional infrastructure and economic benefits.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said, “The six finalists prove that meaningful and long-lasting partnerships can be achieved between the resources sector and Western Australian communities.

“These awards are an important part of celebrating leadership in the resources sector.”

The award is part of the annual Resources Sector Awards for Excellence, which will be held on October 25.

The finalists are:

KCGM and East Kalgoorlie Primary School Goldfields community partnership

Starting in 2010, the long-term partnership agreement has resulted in many sponsorship programs, donations and multi-faceted engagement initiatives among the Goldfields community.

Alcoa and Munda Biddi Trail Foundation

This 18-year community partnership collaboratively builds, maintains, promotes and cultivates support the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail in Western Australia.

BHP Iron Ore and Foodbank: Healthy Food for All

In collaboration with BHP, food, cooking and eating together have helped build social cohesion within the schools, families and communities of the Pilbara region. Broad groups of students and adults are brought together within a social rather than a formal educational or health setting.

Rio Tinto, Conservation Volunteers Australia, WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and WA Department of Education: Rio Tinto Earth Assist (RTEA)

RTEA is a state-wide environmental education program that enables thousands of WA teachers and students to make a real on-ground difference.

Carey Mining and Yule Brook College: Makerspace Project

This alliance seeks to improve opportunities and outcomes for young indigenous people. Carey Mining came on board as the college’s major partner for the Makerspace program.

Roy Hill and EdConnect Pilbara Mentor Me Program: Pilbara Mentoring Partnership

Pilbara Mentor Me is designed by Roy Hill Community Foundation and EdConnect Australia, offering mentoring and learning support in schools for young people.