Media Releases

December 18, 2014

KCGM – A Celebration of 25 Years

KCGM commemorated its 25th Anniversary of operating on the Golden Mile with publication of a hard cover book.

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December 18, 2014

KCGM Staff Christmas Gift to the Community

KCGM’s staff is bringing Christmas cheer to four local organisations with the donation of its latest LTI Bonus of $24,000 and a $2,000 staff fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper Appeal.

The $24,000 donation is being made on behalf of KCGM staff and contractors to celebrate reaching two 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. The LTI Bonus will be donated to the Goldfields Women’s Refuge ($15,000), the Goldfields District Scouting Association ($6,000) and the Goldfields Regional Toy Library ($3,000).

KCGM Acting General Manager Ian Butler said the donation was a reflection of KCGM staff’s generosity toward their 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 the community,” he said.

“The decision to support the Goldfields Women’s Refuge, the Goldfields District Scouting Association and the Goldfields Regional Toy Library came after these organisations were suggested by KCGM staff members.

“It is fitting that our LTI Bonus is providing the Women’s Refuge with $15,000, particularly at this time of year when there is an increase in the number of women and children seeking shelter from unsafe environments.”

Goldfields Women’s Refuge Manager, Janet Harvey, said that the Refuge relies heavily on donations and the KCGM staff’s donation will be used to purchase much needed resources for people in very difficult circumstances, as well as food and other essential supplies.

“This allows us to keep our facility running and to be able to help the women and children who come to us. We always welcome donations of food, clothing and white goods but we have had less this year. This gift from KCGM staff will allow us to buy essentials to help our clients to start new lives,” she said.

Mark Faulks, District Commissioner for the Goldfields Scouting Association, says the group will use the donation from KCGM staff to assist with upgrading the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides District Camp Grounds. The $6,000 will purchase a donger block of showers and toilets, allowing up to 80 people to camp overnight. This will provide an activity and meeting area for the district’s 124 scouts as well as a source of income, allowing the groups to complete more community work and outdoor activities and to direct fundraising to other activities.

The Goldfields Regional Toy Library will use their $3,000 donation to purchase materials to help recruit more members and to conduct outreach activities in the community.

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

The Salvation Army have also benefitted from the generosity of KCGM staff, with nearly $2,000 raised through donation envelopes placed across site and a raffle held at the KCGM Christmas Parties. The Salvation Army will use the funds to provide Christmas Hampers to those in need.

Media enquiries:
Peta Jurgens
KCGM Community Relations Coordinator
Phone: 9022 1195
Email: pjurgens@kalgold.com.au

Enquiries regarding the Goldfields Women’s Refuge should be directed to Janet Harvey on 9021 2836 or manager@gwrefuge.com.au.

Enquiries regarding the Goldfields District Scouting Association should be directed to Mark Faulks on 0448 114 884 or dc.goldfields@scoutswa.com.au.

Enquiries regarding the Goldfields Regional Toy Library should be directed to Caroline Hooper on 0407 414 388 or goldfields_regional_toy_library@hotmail.com.

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September 24, 2014

KCGM Bonus for Red Cross

KCGM is supporting the local Red Cross soup kitchen by providing a donation of $12,000.

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.

“This time staff members have voted to donate the bonus to the Kalgoorlie branch of the Australian Red Cross. The $12,000 will be used to purchase much needed equipment and supplies for their Friday to Sunday evening soup kitchen.”

Australian Red Cross Kalgoorlie Manager, Paula Brennan, said that their local programs are primarily manned by volunteers and the donation is a much needed boost to resources.

“Donations and volunteering from the community make such a difference. This kind of help allows us to keep our local programmes and facilities running and to reach more people,” she said.

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

Media enquiries:
Peta Jurgens
KCGM Community Relations Coordinator
Phone: 9022 1195
Email: pjurgens@kalgold.com.au

Enquiries regarding the Australian Red Cross in Kalgoorlie should be directed to Paula Brennan on 9026 1605 or pbrennan@redcross.org.au.

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August 28, 2014

KCGM Identifies ‘New’ Underground Resource

Exploration drilling conducted by KCGM has identified a mineable underground resource at the Hidden Secret Ore Body. The resource is estimated to be 665,000 tonnes at 3.56 grams per tone, equating to 76,000 ounces of gold.

The Hidden Secret resource was identified through KCGM’s exploration of the Central Corridor and is around 350 metres east of Mount Charlotte. KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said proposed operations at Hidden Secret will be entirely underground.

“KCGM is currently developing a mining proposal to extend underground operations to the Hidden Secret Ore Body. The resource is between 215 and 440 metres underground.

Mining at Hidden Secret extends operations at Mount Charlotte by around two years and creates an additional 11 new positions.

We hope to gain the necessary approvals as soon as possible so operations can begin in early 2015.”

Mr Cole said KCGM is sensitive to nearby residents and has designed the project to minimise any disturbance.

“Operations at Hidden Secret will utilise the existing infrastructure and services of Mount Charlotte, including the Sam Pearce Decline and current ventilation system.

The stope will be backfilled and blasts will be subject to KCGM’s current monitoring and reporting program.”

KCGM continues to explore opportunities to extend the Life of Mine and exploration drilling along the Central Corridor will continue.

“Surface and underground exploration was carried out along the Central Corridor between 2010 and 2013,” Mr Cole said.

“Further drilling for mineable underground resources in the Central Corridor will continue to the north east of Williamstown in 2015.”

While the Hidden Secret Ore Body presents a new opportunity to extend KCGM’s underground mining operations, the ore body itself has been previously identified and mined. The Hidden Secret Underground Mine operated around 1908 to 1925, and the Hidden Secret Open Pit was cut in the 1980s, prior to the formation of KCGM in 1989.

Media enquiries:
Jacqui Niemand
KCGM Community Relations Superintendent
jniemand@kalgold.com.au
Ph 0459 494 910

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February 5, 2014

KCGM Processing Gold to 2029

KCGM today announced plans which will see the operation continue to process gold until around 2029, extending the mineral processing life of the mine by eight years.

In 2009 KCGM plans indicated that mining in the Fimiston Open Pit would continue until 2019 and processing of gold to 2021.

KCGM General Manger Russell Cole explained the extension to the life of mine was due to the inclusion of processing low grade stockpiles, which were deemed a mining reserve in 2012, in accordance with the NI43-101 reporting standard.

“While current plans have us stopping open pit mining in 2019, processing the low grade stockpiles has now become part of our long-term plan,”

“The inclusion of the stockpiles means KCGM currently plans to process gold until 2029. Of course this may change as the economical viability of any project can fluctuate due to external factors such as gold price, taxes, labour costs and so on,” Russell said.

As part of the 2013 Life of Mine Plan, KCGM has approached the WA Government regarding the approvals process for key projects, the most significant of which will see the two roasters at Gidji close. The projects range from increasing the capacity of tailings storage facilities to upgrades at Fimiston and Gidji to reduce air emissions.

“KCGM is committed to continually improving the way we operate and this includes our environmental management,”

“The two roasters at Gidji are scheduled to cease operating by the end of 2015, and will be replaced with a large Ultra Fine Grinding (UFG) Mill,” Russell said.

While the current Life of Mine Plan has KCGM operating to around 2029, KCGM continues to look for opportunities to extend mine life.

“It is important for the community to understand that while KCGM endeavours to extend the life of the operations, gold price is variable and economically viable mineral resources are finite, and one day the mine will close,” Russell said.

“Providing a nominal date for mine closure ensures that adequate planning is undertaken by the operation, government and community to minimise potential impacts.”

Media Contact:
Please contact Peta Jurgens, KCGM Community Relations Coordinator, on 0400 205 445 or pjurgens@kalgold.com.au.

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