We are committed to building respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with communities near our operations. By working with community leaders, business owners, non-government organizations, government and industry we can provide the catalyst for long-term social and economic growth

As part of our commitment to encourage and enable frequent communication with the community, each of our operations has a dedicated community relations team on site or in the community. At KCGM, the community relations team’s office is located at the Hannans North Tourist Mine (formerly the Australian Mining and Prospecting Hall of Fame) and is visited by more than 28,000 residents and tourists annually.

Social Impact Assessments (SIAs)EXPAND [ + ]

Every five years, we conduct extensive research on the impact of our operations through social impact assessments. These assessments include collecting insights and feedback from residents and other stakeholders on the impact of KCGM’s mining operation and the future needs of the community across the mine’s extended life.

KCGM’s most recent SIA (2010) involved feedback from approximately 330 stakeholders. The assessment showed that, overall, KCGM is perceived well in the community, particularly in areas such as local investment through sponsorships, visibility in the community, applying best practice safety management and communicating with the community. Stakeholders who participated in the survey responded that priorities for the local community related to KCGM’s management of sulphur dioxide and other air emissions, employment of local people and use of local contractors, and the potential economic impacts of mine closure. These remain areas of focus and improvement at KCGM.

Community InvestmentEXPAND [ + ]

KCGM contributes millions of dollars annually to the Australian economy through the employment of local citizens, the purchase of goods and services, payroll taxes, government royalties, land use payments, salaries and supporting community projects. We invest directly and significantly in community initiatives that support community capacity-building activities, including scholarships, in-kind support and sponsorship grants.

In additional to making financial investments in the community, KCGM employees give their time to the community. An employee volunteer program provides employees with opportunities to support local events through donations of their time and energy. In any given year, employees at Kalgoorlie will collectively donate hundreds of volunteer hours to support community initiatives.

In 2012, employees were publicly recognized for their contributions to the community when Barrick awarded the mine’s Environmental and Social Responsibility team with the Barrick Global Excellence Award for participation in a community tree planting-day. The event involved more than 40 staff and their families, who helped plant 3,000 trees and shrubs in the greenbelt buffer between the mine and the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.