Media Releases

November 22, 2013

Hannans North Celebrates St Barbara’s Festival

To celebrate St Barbara’s Festival, we are holding an open day at Hannans North on Sunday December the 8th from 9am to 4pm.

There will be plenty of activities on the day including gold panning, Two-up, dry blowing demonstrations, truck tours of the iconic CAT haul truck at 11am and 2pm, and activities with Kalgoorlie Boulder Urban Landcare Group and The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society.

A self-guided walking tour of the site gives visitors the opportunity to stand in the shovel of a 994 Loader, go inside a modern underground refuge chamber, listen to Paddy Hannan tell his tale of discovery, pan for gold, and visit the prospectors’ campsite and Daisy Mae Engine Room.

Families can make a day of it and enjoy a picnic in the Chinese Gardens, use our BBQ facilities or purchase lunch from the food vans in attendance.

Entry: Adults $10, Children and Seniors $6, Family (up to four children) $30.

The Open Day will launch our new trading hours. From the 8th December, Hannans North Tourist Mine will open Sunday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

For more information please call the Super Pit Shop on 9022 1664.

Media enquiries:
Peta Jurgens
KCGM Community Relations Coordinator
Phone: 0400 205 445
Email: pjurgens@kalgold.com.au

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October 23, 2013

KCGM Bonus Helping Local Rehabilitation Service

KCGM is supporting local people affected by drug and alcohol abuse by donating a recent safety bonus to the Goldfields Rehabilitation Service.

The donation is a result of KCGM staff and contractors reaching one million hours without a Lost Time Injury (LTI), meaning no one was absent from work due to a work related injury or illness during this time.

KCGM General Manager, Russell Cole said the donation was a reflection of KCGM’s commitment to the local community.

“The LTI Bonus was originally given to staff as a symbol to keep striving for these safety milestones. Around five years ago staff decided they wanted to donate the rewards for reaching our safety milestones to those who need it most,” he said.

“Staff voted to donate this latest $10,000 bonus to the Goldfields Rehabilitation Service.”

The Goldfields Rehabilitation Service provides a residential facility for people overcoming substance abuse, along with services to clients who have been affected by sexual violence.

Service Manager, Jane Fajardo said the facility provides positive outcomes and experiences for residents, their families and the community.

“The Service is important for encouraging facility residents to develop lifelong skills for reintegration into the community” she said.

The Service joins a number of organisations and community groups that have benefited from the LTI Bonus over the years, including the Goldfields Women’s Refuge, the Mayor’s Blanket Appeal, the Goldfields Aged Pensioners Relief Fund, and the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital.

Media enquiries:
Natalie Iannaci
KCGM Community Relations Officer
Phone: 0468 416 255
Email: niannaci@kalgold.com.au

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August 28, 2013

KCGM Mt Charlotte Turns 50

KCGM’s Mt Charlotte Underground Mine marks its 50th year of continuous operation in 2013.

To celebrate, KCGM will be offering limited tours of this iconic mine throughout September and October. The tour will take people more than 600 meters underground to explore the longest operating underground mine on the Golden Mile.

Small scale mining in the area commenced in 1893 and continued intermittently until the mid 1930s. In 1963, larger scale mining using a mechanised ‘cut and fill’ method commenced.

Mt Charlotte continues to be a mainstay of Goldfields mining, surviving fluctuations in the industry across the years when many mining other operations were forced to close.

When combined with KCGM’s Fimiston Operations, Mt Charlotte is one of the largest deposits of economically recoverable gold in the world, producing an average 3,740 ounces of gold every month. This is no mean feat considering the mine was expected to close on three occasions, in the years 1976, 1998 and 2002.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said the 50th anniversary is a momentous occasion for KCGM and the community.

“Reaching 50 years of continuous operation is testament to the tenacity and passion of mining crews past and present who have sustained the mine’s viability over the years,” he said.

“Mt Charlotte is the only working underground mine on the Golden Mile and we are very happy to be able to share this milestone with the community.”

Note: Tours will run 9am every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during September and October 2013. Bookings can be made by calling the KCGM Super Pit Shop on 9022 1664 or visiting Hannans North Tourist Mine.

Tickets are limited and participants must be aged over 18 and able to climb a ladder.

Media enquiries:
Peta Jurgens
KCGM Community Relations Coordinator
Ph 0400 205 445
pjurgens@kalgold.com.au

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June 6, 2013

KCGM Champions Safety On and Off Site

KCGM is supporting women’s health and safety in the region with a $10,000 donation to the Goldfields Women’s Refuge Association.

The donation is a result of KCGM staff and contractors reaching one million hours without a Lost Time Injury (LTI), meaning no one was absent from work due to a work related injury or illness during this time.

KCGM General Manager, Russell Cole said the donation was a reflection of KCGM’s commitment to the local community.

“The LTI Bonus was originally given to staff as a symbol to keep striving for these safety milestones. Around five years ago staff decided they wanted to donate the rewards for reaching our safety milestones to those who need it most,” he said.

“By donating these funds to the Women’s Refuge, we are extending the message of safety into the community, and assisting others to look after their health and wellbeing.”

The Refuge offers a safe environment for women escaping violent and abusive situations, and provides access to crisis intervention and counselling services.

Manager of the Goldfields Women’s Refuge, Janet Harvey, said the services are critical to women overcoming experiences of abuse and domestic violence.

“Intervention services are critical towards breaking the cycle of abuse. Without them, affected women and their children are increasingly vulnerable to the long standing negative effects of abuse, physically, emotionally and mentally.”

“The Refuge is one of few shelters in the Goldfields, so ensuring that we can continue our work is important to the health and safety of our clients, their families and the viability of the region.”

Previous KCGM safety milestone bonuses have been donated to the Mayor’s Blanket Appeal, the Goldfields Aged Pensioners Relief Fund, and to the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital.

Media enquiries:
Natalie Iannaci
KCGM Community Relations Officer
Phone: 0468 416 255
Email: niannaci@kalgold.com.au

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April 24, 2013

Driven to Succeed

KCGM is proudly supporting a local program that helps disadvantaged youth get into the workforce.

Sponsorship totaling $10,000 has been provided to Pathwalkers Aboriginal Driver Training, which was established to help local young people gain their driver’s license.

The program started in 2012 after an initial KCGM sponsorship of $5,000 was used to get a dual control vehicle on the road. This month a further $5,000 was provided for a fuel card to enable candidates to complete the 50 hours of supervised driving they need to gain a full driver’s license.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said the sponsorship was part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to the local community.

“KCGM is proud to support programs that develop the skills of local people,” he said.

“The driver training program is a fantastic example, as it gives young people essential skills needed to gain employment.”

Silvano Fassolo was the founder of the driving program and acts as both a mentor and driving instructor to the students.

“Graduates of the driver training programme experience improved access to employment, better mobility for their families and increased empowerment and self- esteem,” he said.

“It [the program] allows them to increase their level of employability and community engagement and be successful in later life.”

Media enquiries:
Natalie Iannaci
KCGM Community Relations Officer
Ph 0407 999 731
niannaci@kalgold.com.au

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