Media Releases

April 24, 2013

Driven to Succeed

KCGM is proudly supporting a local program that helps disadvantaged youth get into the workforce.

Sponsorship totaling $10,000 has been provided to Pathwalkers Aboriginal Driver Training, which was established to help local young people gain their driver’s license.

The program started in 2012 after an initial KCGM sponsorship of $5,000 was used to get a dual control vehicle on the road. This month a further $5,000 was provided for a fuel card to enable candidates to complete the 50 hours of supervised driving they need to gain a full driver’s license.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said the sponsorship was part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to the local community.

“KCGM is proud to support programs that develop the skills of local people,” he said.

“The driver training program is a fantastic example, as it gives young people essential skills needed to gain employment.”

Silvano Fassolo was the founder of the driving program and acts as both a mentor and driving instructor to the students.

“Graduates of the driver training programme experience improved access to employment, better mobility for their families and increased empowerment and self- esteem,” he said.

“It [the program] allows them to increase their level of employability and community engagement and be successful in later life.”

Media enquiries:
Natalie Iannaci
KCGM Community Relations Officer
Ph 0407 999 731

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February 14, 2013

KCGM Community Open Day

The KCGM Community Open Day is on Sunday, 24th February; from 9am to 1pm at Hannans North Tourist Mine.

Join us for a day of family fun to celebrate the relocation of the Super Pit Shop and completion of the first phase of our rejuvenation of Hannans North Tourist Mine.

There will be plenty of activities on the day including gold panning, two-up demonstrations, theatre sports workshops, live music, and colouring-in and face painting for the kids. Meet experts from across KCGM and learn about Geology, Processing, Mining and Environmental management. You can also talk to Human Resources staff about joining the KCGM team.

For a gold coin donation you can take a guided tour of some of the historical attractions, experience sitting in the driver’s seat of a haul truck, or watch a gold pour.

Along with a new BBQ area, there will also be plenty of food stalls and vans, so come along, have a picnic lunch, and make a day of it.

For more information contact the Super Pit Shop on 9022 1664.

Media enquiries:
Peta Jurgens
KCGM Community Relations Coordinator
Ph 0400 205 445

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February 8, 2013

KCGM Launches Hannans North Tourist Mine

KCGM is officially launching the new Super Pit Shop and Hannans North Tourist Mine on Sunday 24th February.

The first phase of the rejuvenation of the popular tourist attraction has been completed in time for the region’s peak tourism season, which traditionally begins around April.

KCGM relocated the Super Pit Shop to the historical venue in November 2012 after extensive renovations of the old entrance building. The first phase of the project included the addition of a CAT 994 Loader to stand beside the Cat 793 Dump Truck, upgrades to the gold panning area and Daisy Mae engine room, and completion of a BBQ area for community use.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said, “This project will succeed if the whole community is behind it and we all work together to build a sustainable tourism business. We’d like you to see what we’ve done so far and to bring your family and friends along to make use of a great public facility.”

The KCGM Community Open Day will run from 9am-1pm and include activities and entertainment for the whole family. You can try your hand at gold panning, get up close and personal with the haul truck and wheel loader, and explore historical buildings and mining equipment.

The new KCGM Super Pit Shop will be open and stocks a range of Super Pit merchandise, including gold splatters from the Fimiston Gold Room. KCGM tour guides will also be taking visitors on guided tours of the attractions.

For the kids there will face painting and workshops, and for the adults information stalls about KCGM and a number of community groups.

Community groups are welcome to take part; contact the Super Pit Shop on 9022 1664 to get involved.

Media enquiries:
Peta Jurgens
KCGM Community Relations Coordinator
Ph 0400 205 445

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January 30, 2013

KCGM Pours 57 Millionth Ounce of Gold

KCGM has marked yet another milestone with the pouring of the 57th Millionth ounce of gold from the Golden Mile since it was first discovered and pegged by Sam Pearce and William Brookman in 1893. This translates to 15.2 million ounces directly from the KCGM operation.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said, “This pour reflects another significant milestone in gold production for the Goldfields region.”

“The Golden Mile has been mined for 120 years. The fact we are still here and mining today is an amazing achievement.”

KCGM has been achieving record pours ever since the company originated in 1989. The company’s first million ounces were poured at its Fimiston Gold Room on September 18th 1992.

Each year KCGM produces around 700,000 ounces of gold.

Note: For more information on mining in the Golden Mile, refer to attached time line.

Media enquiries:
Jacqui Niemand
KCGM Community Relations Superintendent
Ph 0459 494 910

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January 21, 2013

KCGM’s Blood Challenge Kicks Off

KCGM employees are rolling up their sleeves to help the Australian Red Cross Blood Service as part of the 2013 KCGM Blood Challenge.

Since the first challenge in 2005, KCGM staff have made 350 blood donations, helping more than 1,050 people. To encourage staff to participate and become regular donors, every donation is recorded and goes into the draw for an additional week of annual leave.

The 2012 challenge saw 69 blood donations over the 12 months, with two KCGM staff members rewarded for their generosity. Linda Richards, KCGM’s Human Resources Administration Officer, has made a total of 18 blood donations since 2006, while Carrie Flanagan, a truck driver in the Super Pit has made 22 blood donations to the blood service since 2005.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said the challenge was a great way for staff to get involved in the community.

“Donating blood is one of the best ways we can help fellow community members. By running this challenge, KCGM is encouraging all staff to donate blood to the Red Cross.”

Australian Red Cross Community Relations Officer Leah Gorman emphasised the need for donations.
“Every week Australia needs more than 27,000 blood donations to meet demand,” she said.

“Over several years KCGM have shown a huge commitment to saving lives, and we are looking forward to starting a new challenge once again in 2013.”

Media enquiries:
For more information or to arrange a photo opportunity, please contact Natalie Iannaci, KCGM Community Relations Officer,

For more information on Australian Red Cross call 13 14 95 or visit

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