St Barbara maintains an excellent relationship, built over many years, with the local community.
St Barbara invests in the Leonora community in many ways, including support to local community events, in-kind support, sponsorship and donations. We have also developed community partnerships which aim to provide long term benefits to the Leonora region. This continues to maintain the good relationship St Barbara has with the Shire of Leonora, Aboriginal groups, Leonora District High School, hospital, pastoral lease representatives, local businesses and various clubs.
Regular community meetings are held to provide the community with updates on our activities at the mine and through regional exploration. These meetings provide an important forum that enables the community to raise any concerns they might have and an opportunity to speak directly with management in an informal environment.
Some of our partnerships and sponsorships within the Leonora region are outlined below:
- The Shooting Stars program, an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia which uses netball as a vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in remote WA. The partnership with Shooting Stars commenced in October 2018, which assisted in bringing the programme to Leonora District High School.
- The Clontarf Foundation aims to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate more meaningfully in society. In 2019, St Barbara partnered with Clontarf for 3 years with a focus in the Kalgoorlie Academy.
- The Teach Learn Grow program provides tutoring and mentoring to rural and remote students in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas so they can reach their full potential. A youth-led organisation, university students volunteer their vacation time to spend one or two weeks, twice a year, in rural and remote schools throughout WA. St Barbara supports the program at Leonora District High School, where the students are provided free one-on-one tuition and mentoring.
- St Barbara supports Gold Industry Group’s $5 million partnership with Netball WA. The largest ever investment in women’s sport in the state, the proceeds benefit the grassroots level through to the elite across Netball WA, West Coast Fever and Shooting Stars.
- The Indigenous Hip Hop Project travels throughout Australia, working with Indigenous communities to develop contextualised dance and music projects. St Barbara supports the Program at Leonora District High School, where the key motivation is to encourage attendance and engagement at school. To view the 2019 video please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc9X2ZYzCJw
- Goldfields Girl is a leadership and development program giving young Aboriginal women in the Goldfields the tools to realise their potential, to empower them in their endeavours, and develop their employment and life skills. St Barbara is a proud sponsor of this annual program which runs for two weeks and includes workshops that focus on social and emotional wellbeing, setting goals for success, work readiness and developing leadership skills.
- The Leonora Golden Gift annual community event features the iconic Elite Mile, Australia’s richest mile running race along the dusty main street of Leonora, along with athletics events for the whole family, concerts, fireworks, kids entertainment and horse racing. St Barbara has been a proud sponsor of this event for the past 14 years, since acquiring the Gwalia mine.
- St Barbara has been sponsoring the Leonora contingent of football players who have been making the weekly 600km round trip to Kalgoorlie/Kambalda to boost the numbers of the Kambalda Football Club and keep them playing in the Goldfields Football League.
- Career Pathways at Leonora District High School is a program recently developed with the school which takes our employees out of the Gwalia mine and into the classroom to speak with the students about the different career opportunities that are available to them. It is critical for the resources industry and wider community that we promote mining as a viable and enjoyable career option and providing the students with the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, people in various roles within the industry may encourage an interest in pursuing a career in resources.