Community Engagement

Our Approach

We understand the responsibility of being a major community employer and partner. Across Australia and Canada, we employ local people, use a mix of national and local suppliers, and support economies more broadly through taxes and other government payments. We aim to create sustainable partnerships and opportunities for our people to be involved in their community.

It is important that we are an integral part of our local communities and work to understand expectations, share information and resolve issues as they arise. We work to make a positive contribution to our communities, with management plans in place to ensure responsible operations, and we work collaboratively on issues and opportunities. Many of our major sites have established community consultation committees, providing a regular forum for open discussion between Evolution,community representatives and other stakeholders about the environmental management and performance of our operations.

Community Investment

Our Approach

Engaging with local stakeholders to understand our impacts as well as their goals for the sustainable development of their communities is essential to how we identify and implement community investment programs, including our Shared Value Projects and sponsorships and donations.

Our approach to community investment is site-specific, while maintaining the core guiding principles presented below. Each site is responsible for its own community investment initiatives. Community investment projects are first assessed and then implemented by our Community Relations teams at each of our sites. The site General Managers are responsible for overseeing community investment projects and their contributions to sustainable development. Evolution’s Community Investment program is underpinned by four guiding principles:

Attraction and Retention

  • Raise awareness and strengthen reputation of Evolution / mining sector in broader community
  • Attract younger generation to careers with Evolution / the mining sector
  • Grow Evolution’s brand as employer of choice

Build Community Advocacy

  • Demonstrate industry relevance (now and future)
  • Foster trust in mining/ gold sector
  • Touch the hearts of our local, regional and national communities
  • Grow understanding of modern mining practices

Enhance Outcomes for First Nation Groups and ATSI* people

  • Demonstrate our respect and accountability for any disturbance
  • Partnerships that build capacity for the future
  • Develop/support actions to help close the gap: Health, Education, and Employment

Innovation and Industry Relevance

  • Unlock value for Evolution / mining sector
  • Support leading practice and new approaches in: Environment, Safety, Discovery, Operations, Technology, and Community outcomes

Our Performance

Direct Community Investment

Total direct community investment expenditures across our operations and Group office in FY21 were approximately A$3.30 million, and supported the following impact areas:

Community Investment Breakdown FY21(%)

The following table highlights key Shared Value Projects at each of our sites:

Shared Value Project Site Purpose Impact Area Outcomes

University of Queensland’s Research for Early Cancer Diagnosis Using Gold

Group
Partnership with UQ to support research into using gold nanoparticles to test for cancer, enabling early diagnosis of all cancer types

Health and Wellbeing

  • Novel technology enabling early cancer diagnosis and survival rates up to 98%
  • Several research papers published in renowned medical journals –advocating for the value of gold in biomedical technologies – with positive receptions
  • Extension of partnership into researching long haul COVID-19 impacts
NQ Dry Tropics Beach Scrub Protection
Mt Carlton
To improve the condition and extent of threatened beach scrub ecological communities in the dry tropics in partnership with Traditional Custodians and NQ Dry Tropics
Environmental Stewardship and Skills, Education and Training
  • Invasive lantana removed from beach scrub ecological communities near The Pocket outside of Ayr
  • Four Gudjuda trainees trained and certified as bushrangers to undertake mapping, vegetation assessments, and to look after Country
  • Enhanced skill transferability and employability of the local community
Somewhere Down the Lachlan
Cowal
Partnership with Forbes Arts Society to significantly enhance tourism in the region by installing a sculpture trail between shires
Arts, Culture and Sport, Community Resilience and Local Economic Development
  • Installation of three Evolution-sponsored sculptures: a 22m long galvanised steel Goanna named ‘Varganus’, the thought provoking ‘Road Kill’, and a 6m tall Indigenous warrior named ‘Heart of Country’
  • Linked the local shires together, encouraged tourism, and fostered the local economy with the associated Grazing Down the Lachlan
  • Educational opportunities respecting and incorporating the traditional culture of Indigenous people
  • Transition to independent management by the Forbes Art Society and community
Great Barrier Reef Yellow Zone Research Project
Mt Carlton
Partnership with James Cook University and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to research protected marine areas with aims of reef conservation and community support
Environmental Stewardship
  • Research and data generated on yellow zone areas which are often overlooked in favour of no-take fishing areas
  • Expansion of the spatial research area, enabling greater access and scope of local fishing communities
Red Lake Fire Recovery Support
Red Lake
To enhance emergency capabilities within the Red Lake region, namely with a new and higher capacity fire truck, following the bushfire disasters of August 2020
Community Resilience
  • Provision of a modern fit-for-purpose fire truck
  • Financial support to enable regional economic recovery following bushfire and evacuation costs
  • Long-term community resilience to fire emergencies, safeguarding community safety and wellbeing
  • Strengthened existing partnerships with the Balmertown Fire Department
Mt Perry Summit Walk
Mt Rawdon
A funding collaboration to provide visitors with a reason to stop and stay in Mt Perry and develop tourism and community infrastructure capabilities
Community Resilience and Local Economic Development
  • Track upgraded to a Class 3 Standard hiking trail, including improved signage and amenities
  • Several Gidarjil Trainees trained in mapping and land management to revitalise the track
  • Increased patronage and tourism
Ben Prior Park
Mungari
Partnership with the Shire of Coolgardie, Kambalda and Coolgardie Men’s Sheds to restore Coolgardie’s Ben Prior Park into a functional open-air mining museum and tourism rest spot
Community Resilience and Skills, Education and Training
  • Since March 2021, Coolgardie’s community assets and the region’s rich mining history enhanced and showcased in a revitalised open-air mining museum
  • Mining and farming equipment, such as shaft winder wheels, provided from the collection of late local resident Ben Prior
  • Increased tourism and economic stimulus, and sensory tools to educate the community
  • Recognition from Gold Industry Group

Local Employment

Drawing our workforce from local communities where possible is a priority to ensure that the economic benefitof employment remains in our local communities. Benefits of local employment include skills development, increased income levels and economic diversification.

This strategy helps build strong working relationships with local communities. Hiring and training local employees may also result in operating efficiencies and lower longterm costs by having an educated and experienced workforce near our sites. This practice positively impacts local and national economies by providing well-paying jobs and generating government revenues that can be directed towards health care, education and infrastructure.

Conversely, negative impacts can include inflated local prices for goods and services as well as income disparity between the mining and non-mining workforce.

Our performance in FY21 was 67% local employment across our operations.

Case Study

The Karlkurla Park Shed: Enhancing training and employment prospects for Goldfields prisoners at Mungari

Sponsorships and Donations

Our Sponsorship and Donation program is one of the ways we support organisations and initiatives that benefit our local communities.

Evolution particularly encourages members of the community to submit applications that provide outcomes in the areas of economic development, youth, health, education and environment. In addition to applications for financial assistance, we encourage organisations to submit applications for in kind support, material donations or volunteer assistance.

In order to submit a sponsorship or donation application, please read the guideline document and return a completed application form to the Community Relations team at your nearest site.

For applicants near our Red Lake site, sponsorship and donation requests come under the Red Lake program:

For applicants near our Cowal site, sponsorship and donation requests come under the Cowal Partnering Program:

For all other sites, please use the following sponsorship and donation documents:

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