Companies working in the resources industry target their community support initiatives to the priorities of their communities. All communities differ in their needs and priorities, but mining and oil & gas companies all strive to build the economic prosperity of the regions in which they operate, fostering local jobs and opportunities while maintaining stringent environmental outcomes.
Elliott McNamara has experienced firsthand the opportunities the mining industry can provide his people, the Barngarla, whose traditional land extends from Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula to just North of Port Augusta. Chairman of the Barngarla Aboriginal Corporation, Elliott McNamara is a self-made man of relentless determination, optimism and business nous - a combination that has enabled his own company to flourish while providing opportunities for his people.
Elliott’s company, Walga Mining, was launched in 2004 with the signing of a five year mining services contract to the Middleback Ranges mines owned by OneSteel (now Arrium). Walga means ‘eagle’ in the Barngarla language, a name Elliott chose as a fitting representation for his company - “I pictured the business as an eagle flying overhead, seeing the opportunities that were there for us." Read more in Resourcing SA
Working two million acres of land with 10 – 12,000 cattle near Moomba, South Australia, Graham and Sharon Betts know about farming cattle. They’ve also learnt a thing or two about sharing, as a large proportion of their property is also home to Santos’ Cooper Basin operations.
“Santos have been great in learning to deal with the organic process. Simple things like fencing in their production zones were necessary for us to uphold our certification.”
Graham says the relationship with Santos was easy from day one. It was all about taking the time to understand each other. Read more about the Bett's and their interactions with Santos in Resourcing SA.
When Hillgrove Resources sought approval to redevelop the old Kanmantoo Copper Mine back in 2007, it prompted the establishment of widespread community engagement. From here the Kanmantoo Callington Community Consultative Committee (KCCCC) was born.
It’s a natural progression that companies like Senex, BHP Billiton, OZ Minerals and Beach Energy partner with the RFDS, enabling them to invest in new aircraft, life saving medical equipment and modern infrastructure such as the stunning new 13 million dollar base at Adelaide Airport.
Other companies encourage their staff to get involved with fund-raising through “workplace giving” campaigns such as regular payroll deductions. Thiess, which operates the Prominent Hill mine for OZ Minerals, has a walk to work fitness program. Every time an employee walks the six kilometres from the camp to the mine, Thiess makes a donation to the RFDS. Last year that amounted to seventeen thousand dollars.