In its commitment to enhance the development of communities in which KCGM employees live and work, the company’s Community Investment Program contributed funding to more than thirteen local charities and organisations in 2018.

KCGM volunteer lending a hand during Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group’s tree planting day.

The funds, totalling more than $450,000, have been distributed through a variety of different avenues, supporting sustainable long-term community initiatives and one-off donations to help charitable organisations, sporting associations, and community events.

“KCGM’s workforce is passionate about harnessing collaborative, sustainable partnerships in our community that create value and improve lives for all of our stakeholders,” said KCGM General Manager Cecile Thaxter.

KCGM were recognised as a finalist in the 2018 Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Community Partnership Resources Sector Awards for their partnership with East Kalgoorlie Primary School. In 2017, KCGM also finished ahead of eight other finalists to win the Community Partnership Award for its long-standing relationship with Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group (KBULG).

“Without KCGM’s core sponsorship since 2005, KBULG would not be able to exist or operate as the community landcare group Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents know and love, providing far-reaching community projects and initiatives including clean-up days, community nurseries, Karlkurla Bushland Park’s management and tree planting days," said KBULG Chief Executive Officer Kim Eckert.

“We not only provide monetary support, but have a committed workforce that actively volunteers in our community,” Ms. Thaxter continued.

“We have a dedicated Community Reference Group meeting monthly to discuss KCGM’s present operations, future developments, and the potential impacts these may have on the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community; along with a Safety Innovation Award initiative that sees our people recognised for safety innovation on site and they are then able to choose a not-for-profit that receives a donation.

“We also provide in-kind support that can range from giving wooden pallets to local community hub projects to new media equipment for local schools,” Ms. Thaxter said.

KCGM’s other key community partnerships in 2018 included sponsorship for Heartwalk and Goldfield’s Girl, along with continued support of initiatives: Life Without Barriers Aboriginal Driving Program, Kalgoorlie Women in Mining, East Kalgoorlie Primary’s School’s Health and Well-Being Program, Loopline Tourism Tram, Goldfields Childcare Centre, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Railway Project, NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week, Sounds of the Salt Lake, The Salvation Army, and Hannans North Tourist Mine.