Kalbar Conversations Column

Investing in our communities

   Wednesday 4th August, 2021

Last week we announced the five successful recipients of funding from Round 2 of Kalbar’s Community Grants Program. We warmly congratulate:

  • Bairnsdale Westdale Kindergarten - to repair the cubby house, build garden beds and set up a mud kitchen
  • Bairnsdale Football/Netball Club Inc – who successfully applied to fund replacement of worn-out uniform dresses for the netball team
  • Orbost Snowy Rovers Football & Netball Club – to install new posts at the netball courts which will also open up an extra court for use all year round
  • Sale Tennis Club – to purchase a ball thrower which will complement the ANZ Hotshots program, supporting kids playing tennis throughout Gippsland
  • Wy Yung Angling Club – to purchase a defibrillator which will benefit not just the angling club, but also the Wy Yung football/netball club, cricket club and junior football club.

Successful recipients received $2,000 for their very worthy applications, and each recipient will benefit their respective clubs and indeed the broader community. Kalbar is very proud to be supporting communities across East Gippsland and Wellington Shire Council areas and we are merely at the beginning of our community investment journey - we have a long way to go should our project be granted approval.

As part of the recently completed public panel inquiry for the Fingerboards Project Environment Effects Statement, Kalbar committed to increasing the annual community grants to $250,000 from the commencement of production.

Kalbar is also committed to working with local residents, community groups, our local and neighbouring Councils and other organisations to achieve a mutually beneficial and positive future for the region.

Our commitment extends to:

  • Local training and employment programs to maximise local recruitment and integrating more women at all levels within the mining industry
  • Dedicated procurement programs to boost supply and procurement opportunities to support and grow local businesses
  • Partnering with Traditional Owners and indigenous communities to support economic development
  • Participating in regional forums which bring together businesses, non-government organisations and government agencies to maximise collective impact in the region
  • Partnering with council, community, sporting and other groups on initiatives that contribute to liveability and inclusion
  • Supporting events and initiatives to support and expand other local industries, including tourism, agriculture and horticulture
  • Working with local schools and education providers to build awareness of mining career opportunities, and encourage students to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Vesna Rendulic - Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Specialist