Above left: Santos' annual Cooper Cup; Iron Road's Pedal Prix support
Iron Road and the Pedal Prix
Iron Road is developing the Central Eyre Iron Project on the Eyre Peninsula. The company believes that being part of a community is an essential part of doing business, including contributing to the social wellbeing of its local areas, as well as bringing economic and infrastructure benefits.
Iron Road prioritises good working relationships with local councils, community bodies and government departments. This has helped form strong working relationships with local people which in turn has assisted in the growth of the company. Although not producing any revenue as yet, part of the company's resources are allocated to community grants and sponsorship.
Dedicated, transparent and inclusive community engagement practices are playing a crucial role in paving the way for Rex in developing its Hillside project into a large-scale, low-cost and long-life mining operation on the Yorke Peninsula. The broader region around the Ardrossan Township has a rich agricultural history and the small coastal settlements scattered around Rex’s wider exploration tenements are popular with retirees and holidaymakers.
Santos is well known for its community focus and patronage of major community and arts events in South Australia (in 2014 the company was inducted as a National Trust Corporate Icon.) But the oil & gas giant is also recognised by remote communities surrounding the Cooper Basin for its support of more intimate, local events.
One of these is the annual Cooper Cup cricket match, which swung into action at the Moomba Cricket Ground (MCG) on 12 October for the 31st match between Santos’ Moomba-based employees and local landowners.
Murray Zircon operates its Mindarie Mineral Sands Mine approximately five kilometres from Mindarie in South Australia’s Murray Mallee region, extracting heavy mineral sands that when processed, yield several heavy minerals including zirconium, a product used extensively in the production of ceramics. Officially opened in 2013, the Mindarie mine is one of only two mineral sands operations in South Australia.