One of the ways that Newmont contributes to the economic strength and sustainability of its host communities is by providing opportunities for quality education.
Since 2013, Newmont’s Boddington mine in Australia has partnered with the Gnaala Karla Booja (GKB) native title claimants and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council to provide financial assistance to GKB, Noongar and aboriginal Western Australian students aspiring to have a career in the mining industry.
Last month, Bobbette Herold, a full-time student at Murdoch University, was named the recipient of this year’s Kalyagool Kadadjiny Scholarship.
The Kalyagool Kadadjiny Scholarship is offered to aboriginal students in Australia who are enrolled full time in courses relevant to the mining industry. This includes courses in human resources, geology, business, sustainability, organizational development, engineering and occupational safety and health.
In 2010, Bobbette enrolled part time in electrical engineering classes while working in a job share capacity as an engineering officer at Minara Resources. With an interest in renewable and clean energy, Bobbette was inspired to further her skill set and pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in energy management.
“Being able to continue studying full time in my desired degree with the additional support and exposure to sustainability and renewable awareness is a priceless gift to me,” Bobette said.