St Barbara maintains an excellent relationship, built over many years, with the local community.
St Barbara provides support to local community events, through in-kind support and donations. This continues to maintain the good relationship St Barbara has with the Shire of Leonora, Aboriginal groups, Leonora District High School, hospital, pastoral lease holders, local businesses and various clubs. Sponsorship within the Leonora region extends to the Aboriginal Art and Literary Programme at the Leonora District High School. Also included is sponsorship of the Leonora Art Prize and Leonora Golden Gift race which is held every year on Western Australian Day in June and the 2017 Kambalda Leonora Football team which is an amalgamation of the Leonora and Kambalda teams.
Formal access and Heritage Protection Agreements exist with the Aboriginal groups in the Leonora and the eastern Kalgoorlie region. As part of maintaining the relationships with the Aboriginal stakeholders, St Barbara conducts six monthly meetings with the Aboriginal Community Liaison Committee at Leonora to communicate developments on the Company’s projects.
At Simberi Operations in Papua New Guinea in the Pacific, significant contributions have been made to the local people of Simberi Island, New Ireland province and, more broadly to PNG. In addition to employing over 500 local people, and creating business opportunities for local businesses and suppliers, St Barbara has paid more than K8 million in royalties since the start of production in 2012. This has allowed for the funding of medical facilities, improved education, transport, communication, infrastructure and community services.