The Gold Industry Group (GIG) is the first Premier Partner of Shooting Stars – an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, which uses netball and other tools as the vehicles to drive greater engagement and attendance at school of young Indigenous girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
In celebration of National Reconciliation Week, the GIG is proud to announce it will be supporting the Shooting Stars program through the development of a new trial site and exploration of a national footprint in the second half of 2019.
The support will continue to enhance the experience for Shooting Stars participants across the State, boosting programs such as rewards camps and supporting the development of its trainees.
The additional resources will also be used to support the NAIDOC Netball Carnival – one of the nation’s largest indigenous sporting carnivals, which saw 110 teams and close to 2,000 competitors in 2018. Other programs will be enhanced including the Grassroots Sites program, with the development of new leadership initiatives and training for participants.
The GIG is also committed to working with Netball WA to explore the potential development of its own Reconciliation Action Plan as the partnership progresses.
“Our landmark partnership with the Gold Industry Group is certainly enhancing our efforts to change the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living in some of Western Australia’s most remote communities,” said Netball WA Chief Executive Officer Simon Taylor.
“More than 350 participants in our Shooting Stars Program will continue to benefit from the Gold Industry Group’s investment, while we will also be able to engage young aboriginal girls we haven’t yet been able to.
“Netball WA’s other Indigenous Programs have also been significantly boosted as a result of the Gold Industry Group’s commitment,” Mr Taylor added.
Gold Industry Group Vice Chairperson Kelly Carter said it was fantastic that the Gold Industry Group could bolster the efforts across Netball in WA to make a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.
“We are delighted to support the growth of Shooting Stars across Australia and enhance Netball WA’s fantastic indigenous programs enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to further their education and realise their full potential,” Ms Carter said.
“We are also looking forward to supporting the creation of new leadership programs and training for participants.”
GIG members supporting the landmark partnership include Gold Fields, Northern Star Resources, Saracen Mineral Holdings, Newcrest Mining, St Barbara Limited, Newmont Goldcorp Australia, AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Gold Road Resources and Ramelius Resources.