Macmahon’s approach to community relations is to treat our host communities with respect, to be sensitive regarding the impacts of our mining operations and to deliver tangible and ongoing benefits.
We aim to build strong relationships with communities based on trust as well as open and honest engagement and aim to partner with trusted local authorities.
Our goal is to create meaningful improvements in the quality of life for the communities, which in turn generates business value for the Company in the form of broad community support, reputational benefits, risk reduction and productivity gains.
Although community relations priorities will differ depending on the country in which Macmahon operates, and perhaps even the specific region within that country, some of the top priorities for host communities that have been identified include job creation and local economic development, which includes local procurement, education and health.
MACA Cancer 200 – Ride for Research
Fundraising – Macmahon has partnered with The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (The Perkins) for a number of years and each year, we proudly participate in their annual 200km bike ride in WA from Perth to Mandurah. Our team of riders has increased each year as has the amount of funds raised. In 2019, Macmahon participated with 49 riders, including team members from our Indonesian operations, and raised $234,729. The ride provides a fantastic opportunity for our people to come together as a team as well as exposing them to the important and rewarding act of charitable giving. All monies raised provide The Perkins with the financial support they need to continue their efforts finding cures for hard to treat cancers which positively impact society on a global scale.
Kambalda Football Club
Kambalda, Western Australia
Regional grassroots sport – Macmahon understands that sport plays an important role in rural, regional and remote Australia. It can bring regional communities together and supports improved mental and physical health. Macmahon proudly sponsor the Amateur Kambalda Football Team who play in the Goldfields Football League in Western Australia.
QCoal Foundation – Ca$hED Up
Regional community education – Macmahon has a three year commitment to partner with QCoal Foundation’s, Ca$hED Up schools program. The program is designed to improve financial resilience and capacity for young Australians, with a particular focus on those living in regional and remote communities in Queensland.
Perth Football Club – School Clinics
Perth, Western Australia
Community sports – Macmahon is partnering with the Perth Football Club to enable school aged children in WA to participate in a program to help promote healthy lifestyle choices providing happier, healthier and more motivated students.
The Perkins Donation
Perth, Western Australia – April 2020
COVID-19 response – Mark Hatfield, General Manager for Plant & Maintenance, and first year apprentice Tom Hum, delivered boxes of protective masks and industrial cleaning products to Mo from the Perkins. These products were sourced through Macmahon’s supply chain and will go to immediate use in their labs and clinics to assist in their day to day medical research.
Face Your Fears – Concert Series
Mental health – As part of Macmahon’s award winning mental and physical health program, Strong Minds, Strong Mines, our Mental Health Ambassador, Soa Palelei, hosted a series of weekly online music concerts for FIFO workers and their families to help break the monotony of isolation and working away at a particularly difficult time.
Lombok, Indonesia – August 2018
Emergency Response – As a result of existing strong community relations, Macmahon provided assistance to those communities affected by the Lombok earthquakes from our nearest open cut copper/gold site in Sumbawa, Batu Hijau. We provided emergency response teams to administer first aid along with critical blood donations to bolster the short supply of first responders and the hospital's blood supplies.
Pantai Pulau Merah Clean Up
East Java, Indonesia – December 2017
Environment / Prosperity Project – We engaged with local community to reduce waste and improve waste storage via education on the use of plastic packaging. Improving the local environment and increasing attraction for tourism to increase the local community’s income close to our underground gold/copper operation in East Java, Tujuh Bukit.