Media Releases

August 28, 2013

KCGM Mt Charlotte Turns 50

KCGM’s Mt Charlotte Underground Mine marks its 50th year of continuous operation in 2013.

To celebrate, KCGM will be offering limited tours of this iconic mine throughout September and October. The tour will take people more than 600 meters underground to explore the longest operating underground mine on the Golden Mile.

Small scale mining in the area commenced in 1893 and continued intermittently until the mid 1930s. In 1963, larger scale mining using a mechanised ‘cut and fill’ method commenced.

Mt Charlotte continues to be a mainstay of Goldfields mining, surviving fluctuations in the industry across the years when many mining other operations were forced to close.

When combined with KCGM’s Fimiston Operations, Mt Charlotte is one of the largest deposits of economically recoverable gold in the world, producing an average 3,740 ounces of gold every month. This is no mean feat considering the mine was expected to close on three occasions, in the years 1976, 1998 and 2002.

KCGM General Manager Russell Cole said the 50th anniversary is a momentous occasion for KCGM and the community.

“Reaching 50 years of continuous operation is testament to the tenacity and passion of mining crews past and present who have sustained the mine’s viability over the years,” he said.

“Mt Charlotte is the only working underground mine on the Golden Mile and we are very happy to be able to share this milestone with the community.”

Note: Tours will run 9am every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during September and October 2013. Bookings can be made by calling the KCGM Super Pit Shop on 9022 1664 or visiting Hannans North Tourist Mine.

Tickets are limited and participants must be aged over 18 and able to climb a ladder.

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

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June 6, 2013

KCGM Champions Safety On and Off Site

KCGM is supporting women’s health and safety in the region with a $10,000 donation to the Goldfields Women’s Refuge Association.

The donation is a result of KCGM staff and contractors 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 this time.

KCGM General Manager, Russell Cole 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 five years ago staff decided they wanted to donate the rewards for reaching our safety milestones to those who need it most,” he said.

“By donating these funds to the Women’s Refuge, we are extending the message of safety into the community, and assisting others to look after their health and wellbeing.”

The Refuge offers a safe environment for women escaping violent and abusive situations, and provides access to crisis intervention and counselling services.

Manager of the Goldfields Women’s Refuge, Janet Harvey, said the services are critical to women overcoming experiences of abuse and domestic violence.

“Intervention services are critical towards breaking the cycle of abuse. Without them, affected women and their children are increasingly vulnerable to the long standing negative effects of abuse, physically, emotionally and mentally.”

“The Refuge is one of few shelters in the Goldfields, so ensuring that we can continue our work is important to the health and safety of our clients, their families and the viability of the region.”

Previous KCGM safety milestone bonuses have been donated to the Mayor’s Blanket Appeal, the Goldfields Aged Pensioners Relief Fund, and to the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital.

Media enquiries:
Natalie Iannaci
KCGM Community Relations Officer
Phone: 0468 416 255

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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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