Community partnerships demonstrating enduring outcomes around WA

Six community partnerships are vying for the 2018 Community Partnership Resources Sector Award.
Date: Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Strong partnerships that go above and beyond are the focus of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Community Partnership Resources Sector Awards.

Education, food and regional assets are the focus of the six partnerships between the resources sector and Western Australian communities.

The department’s Executive Director Resource Tenure, Rick Rogerson said the focus of the eligible entrants have shown a commitment to enduring partnerships beyond a resource operation.

“We want to help tell the stories of the resources sector operators that are making a concerted effort to help grow and support communities beyond the life of a resources project,” Mr Rogerson said.

“The partnerships eligible for the 2018 Community Partnership Awards have so far demonstrated their commitment to going beyond corporate social responsibility and now the tough job of judging commences.”

The Community Partnership Resources Sector Award is judged against three strict assessment criteria including leadership and innovation in establishing a partnership, benefits of the collaboration and a demonstrated commitment to providing enduring and sustainable outcomes.

Finalists will be announced in September and the winners announced at the Resources Sector Awards for Excellence Ceremony, along with the Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence and the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards, on Thursday 25 October 2018. More information about the awards can be found at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/excellenceawards.

More about the six eligible projects:

KCGM and EKPS Goldfields Community Partnership - East Kalgoorlie Primary School (EKPS) and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines
The community partnership between East Kalgoorlie Primary School (EKPS) and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) commenced in 2010, and has since grown to become a multi-faceted collaboration creating sustainable outcomes for the Goldfields community.

Through a variety of sponsorship programs, in-kind donations, engagement initiatives and a long-term partnership agreement the relationship between EKPS and KCGM has proven to be advantageous, with many positive outcomes.

Munda Biddi Trail Foundation and Alcoa Partnership
This community partnership of more than 18 years is about working together to help build, maintain, promote and foster sustainable support for a unique, world-class and enduring asset for Western Australia — the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail.

The partnership between Alcoa and the Foundation has from the outset extended beyond financial support to include in-kind assistance. Of late, it has grown to link the Alcoa employee volunteer program and the Foundation trail maintenance program, and to support projects for at least one of the communities through which the Trail passes.

Pilbara Mentoring Partnership – EdConnect Pilbara Mentor Me program and Roy Hill Holdings
Pilbara Mentor Me is a partnership program designed by Roy Hill Community Foundation and EdConnect Australia that offers life-changing mentoring and learning support in schools for young people.

This community volunteer program was established in Port Hedland in 2016 to provide local students with the academic and social support they need to succeed. It offers volunteers an opportunity to undertake specific training and immerse themselves in a program that is making a real difference in their local community.

Makerspace Project – Yule Brook College and Carey Mining
Yule Brook College and Carey Mining developed an alliance with the shared vision of improving opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous young people. The alliance resulted in Carey Mining coming on board as the College’s major partner for the innovative ‘Makerspace’ program.

Makerspace is a multi-purpose space for students to explore and experience making material artefacts. Through this process, they learn to value and appreciate the importance of STEAM disciplines -science, technology, mathematics, arts, and engineering - while developing their personal skills and qualities such as creativity, persistence and collaboration. Members of the school community and beyond can join in and act as mentors to students, particularly the young Indigenous students.

Healthy Food for All – Pilbara Regional Strategy – Foodbank and BHP Iron Ore
Food, cooking and eating together are associated with sharing and social cohesion, and as such are an important part of the social fabric within schools, families and communities. Foodbank WA’s School Breakfast Program and Food Sensations suite of programs in the Pilbara in partnership with BHP, are important vehicles for bringing together broad groups of students and adults within a social rather than formal educational or health setting.

Rio Tinto Earth Assist – Conservation Volunteers Australia, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Education and Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto Earth Assist (RTEA) is a state-wide environmental education program, funded by Rio Tinto and delivered by Conservation Volunteers Australia that enables Western Australian teachers and students to make a real on-ground difference.

Working in close partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, RTEA provides in-school and external activities that link to and support the WA Curriculum and cross curriculum priorities, specifically Sustainability and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.