Evolution is committed to building relationships with our community stakeholders based on trust, mutual respect and genuine partnership. We want the communities in which we operate to be better off overall for us having been there. Underpinning this is our desire to always leave a positive legacy.

The local communities we operate in are detailed under each of our specific projects, located under ‘Our Assets’.

Evolution has a Community Relations Policy and Community Principles that guide our behaviour when interacting with the community. We welcome feedback at any time about how we are performing against these standards and value any suggestions about how we can improve.

Each of our projects is set amongst vibrant rural communities with their own special qualities and character. Our partnering opportunities and community investments are therefore unique and tailored to the needs of the local community.

Evolution contributes to communities in several ways: local sponsorships, donations and partnerships; training, apprenticeship and scholarship programs; local employment and local procurement; emergency services where we are often first respondents to a local accident or incident; and royalties.

Highlights from some of our community initiatives are detailed in our Annual Community Report.

Community Investment Programs

Sustainable Community Development (Shared Value) Projects
We work with our stakeholders to identify opportunities to partner on projects that deliver long-term, sustainable outcomes for the community. These are legacy projects aimed at providing benefits that last beyond the life of the mine through local economic development, education and training, environmental outcomes or sustainable health outcomes.

Evolution volunteers assisting with sandbagging during NSW floods

Coolgardie Primary School's new sensory play area

Our first Shared Value Project commenced in 2014, a two year partnership with Gudjuda Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation in Home Hill, near our Mt Carlton site. Hear more about our partnership with Gudjuda here.

The partnership has been progressing well and the Project has already created new Indigenous jobs, provided industry-related transferable skills for Indigenous people in the region and will generate much needed revenue for Gudjuda to grow their training arm.

Following the success of our Gudjuda SVP, we completed two new projects in 2017, both at our Mungari operation.

Improved play and learning outcomes
The first project was a partnership with the Coolgardie Primary School to construct a sensory play area and bush tucker garden. In its first few months, this project had already helped to:

  • increase student engagement
  • develop students’ vocabulary skills which improved their reading, writing and overall learning outcomes
  • strengthened student awareness of Aboriginal culture
  • increased school enrolments by ~10%

Enhanced youth facilities and programs
The second project was a partnership with the Coolgardie Shire Council and the WA Department of Sport & Recreation to construct a skate park connected to the local youth centre. The park provided meaningful and healthy recreation activities and improved the take-up of targeted youth awareness programs at the youth centre, run by local youth service providers. The Shire of Coolgardie, local Police and local youth organisations are confident the facilities will also help reduce petty crime and anti-social behaviour.

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 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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