The KCGM gold mine in Australia, operated by Newmont, is supporting local children and families with a donation to local support organization Life Without Barriers.
The donation is being made on behalf of KCGM staff and contractors to celebrate reaching one million hours without a Lost Time Injury (LTI), meaning no one was absent from work due to a work related injury or illness during that time period.
KCGM General Manager (Acting) Ian Butler said the donation was a reflection of KCGM’s commitment to the local community.
“The LTI Bonus was originally given to staff as a symbol to keep striving for these safety milestones. Around six years ago, the staff decided they wanted to donate the rewards for reaching our safety milestones to the community,” he said.
“Potential recipients for this most recent bonus were suggested by KCGM staff and members of the Community Reference Group. Our staff then voted to donate the AUD$12,000 to Life Without Barriers,” said Mr. Butler.
Life Without Barriers (LWB) provides support for people with disabilities and for children in Out of Home Care in the Goldfields. It runs two Family Group Homes and has children in Specialized and General Foster Care. LWB also runs an Aboriginal Driver Training Program and recently received notice that it could begin delivering services funded by the Mental Health Commission.
Life Without Barriers Operations Manager for the Goldfields, Sheryl Liddicoat, said that while government funding is provided for core needs, any additional activities and equipment must be funded through sponsorship and volunteering.
“This donation will make such a difference and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It will allow us to purchase equipment to assist in the care of clients in wheelchairs, enable expansion of our driver training program, and provide much needed resources to bolster our other programs. We are extremely humbled to receive this generous donation,” she said.
Previous KCGM safety milestone bonuses have been donated to the Mayor’s Blanket Appeal, the Goldfields Aged Pensioners Relief Fund, the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital, the Goldfields Women’s Refuge, the Goldfields District Scouting Association, the Goldfields Regional Toy Library and Goldfields Rehabilitation Services.