Media Releases

February 8, 2013

KCGM Launches Hannans North Tourist Mine

KCGM is officially launching the new Super Pit Shop and Hannans North Tourist Mine on Sunday 24th February.

The first phase of the rejuvenation of the popular tourist attraction has been completed in time for the region’s peak tourism season, which traditionally begins around April.

KCGM relocated the Super Pit Shop to the historical venue in November 2012 after extensive renovations of the old entrance building. The first phase of the project included the addition of a CAT 994 Loader to stand beside the Cat 793 Dump Truck, upgrades to the gold panning area and Daisy Mae engine room, and completion of a BBQ area for community use.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said, “This project will succeed if the whole community is behind it and we all work together to build a sustainable tourism business. We’d like you to see what we’ve done so far and to bring your family and friends along to make use of a great public facility.”

The KCGM Community Open Day will run from 9am-1pm and include activities and entertainment for the whole family. You can try your hand at gold panning, get up close and personal with the haul truck and wheel loader, and explore historical buildings and mining equipment.

The new KCGM Super Pit Shop will be open and stocks a range of Super Pit merchandise, including gold splatters from the Fimiston Gold Room. KCGM tour guides will also be taking visitors on guided tours of the attractions.

For the kids there will face painting and workshops, and for the adults information stalls about KCGM and a number of community groups.

Community groups are welcome to take part; contact the Super Pit Shop on 9022 1664 to get involved.

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

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January 30, 2013

KCGM Pours 57 Millionth Ounce of Gold

KCGM has marked yet another milestone with the pouring of the 57th Millionth ounce of gold from the Golden Mile since it was first discovered and pegged by Sam Pearce and William Brookman in 1893. This translates to 15.2 million ounces directly from the KCGM operation.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said, “This pour reflects another significant milestone in gold production for the Goldfields region.”

“The Golden Mile has been mined for 120 years. The fact we are still here and mining today is an amazing achievement.”

KCGM has been achieving record pours ever since the company originated in 1989. The company’s first million ounces were poured at its Fimiston Gold Room on September 18th 1992.

Each year KCGM produces around 700,000 ounces of gold.

Note: For more information on mining in the Golden Mile, refer to attached time line.

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

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January 21, 2013

KCGM’s Blood Challenge Kicks Off

KCGM employees are rolling up their sleeves to help the Australian Red Cross Blood Service as part of the 2013 KCGM Blood Challenge.

Since the first challenge in 2005, KCGM staff have made 350 blood donations, helping more than 1,050 people. To encourage staff to participate and become regular donors, every donation is recorded and goes into the draw for an additional week of annual leave.

The 2012 challenge saw 69 blood donations over the 12 months, with two KCGM staff members rewarded for their generosity. Linda Richards, KCGM’s Human Resources Administration Officer, has made a total of 18 blood donations since 2006, while Carrie Flanagan, a truck driver in the Super Pit has made 22 blood donations to the blood service since 2005.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said the challenge was a great way for staff to get involved in the community.

“Donating blood is one of the best ways we can help fellow community members. By running this challenge, KCGM is encouraging all staff to donate blood to the Red Cross.”

Australian Red Cross Community Relations Officer Leah Gorman emphasised the need for donations.
“Every week Australia needs more than 27,000 blood donations to meet demand,” she said.

“Over several years KCGM have shown a huge commitment to saving lives, and we are looking forward to starting a new challenge once again in 2013.”

Media enquiries:
For more information or to arrange a photo opportunity, please contact Natalie Iannaci, KCGM Community Relations Officer, niannaci@kalgold.com.au

For more information on Australian Red Cross call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au

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January 4, 2013

New KCGM Community Reference Group Members

KCGM is pleased to announce that four new members have recently joined the KCGM Community Reference Group (CRG), the new members are:

  • Mia Hicks – Community Representative
  • Susan Gatti – Community Representative
  • Mark Sweet – Community Representative
  • Gina Sambo – Pathwalkers Aboriginal Employment and Training Specialists

The new members were formally appointed at the December 2012 CRG meeting and bring the group to a total of 13 members.

The CRG, first established in 1999, provides a forum for community members to communicate with KCGM. The group meets monthly to discus the operation’s safety and environmental management, mine performance and community investment, as well as upcoming projects and feedback from the community.

Michelle Berryman, KCGM Manager, Environment and Social Responsibility, said KCGM looked forward to working with the new members.

“New members bring different perspectives to the CRG, helping to ensure we are getting feedback from right across the community,” she said.

“If you have ideas or concerns you would like to raise with KCGM, I encourage you to speak to one of our CRG members.”

More information and contact details for all CRG members are available on the KCGM website: www.superpit.com.au.

Media enquiries:
Contact Jacqui Niemand, Community Relations Superintendent, 0428 111 018.

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January 4, 2013

KCGM Introduces Zero Emission Vehicles

KCGM continues to display its commitment to the environment by purchasing zero emission vehicles for its Fimiston Mill.

The vehicles are part of an effort to build an environmentally friendly fleet of support vehicles, which started with the purchase of four Prius hybrids in 2012.

KCGM General Manager, Russell Cole said the vehicles will replace some of the traditional vehicles used in the Fimiston Mill.

“The new vehicles are zero emission, electric utility vehicles that have solar charged batteries. They will replace some of the diesel vehicles operating in the Mill,” he said.

“We are always looking at ways to continually improve. These vehicles are not only more efficient and economical, but they are also better for the environment.”

The vehicles’ all-aluminum chassis do not rust and are light-weight, resulting in a longer battery life and cheaper running costs. With a carrying capacity of more than 500kg they have more than enough room and power to carry all the tools of the trade.

Media enquiries:
Contact Natalie Iannaci, Community Relations Officer, niannaci@kalgold.com.au

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