Central West community groups benefitting from man hours get an added bonus
February 20, 2013

Employees at one of Australia’s largest gold mining operations have clocked thousands of volunteer hours with local community groups – and the mine is rewarding their efforts with a financial contribution to dozens of groups across the city.

 

Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations, located 25km south west of Orange, launched the Good Onya! program in 2006 to reward employees, contractors and their families for volunteering time to local community groups and charities.

 

Cadia Valley Good Onya

Good Onya recipients for 2011 get the thumbs up

When participants in the program log 25 hours of volunteer time over the course of a year, the miner makes a $250 donation to the organisation they’ve been volunteering for. 

The program has grown dramatically, from a total of 25 grants worth just over $6,000 in 2006 to 122 grants amounting to over $30,000 in 2012. That’s more than $100,000 donated to support local charities, sporting, educational and community organisations over the past seven years, and over 9000 volunteer hours logged in 2012 alone.

Unlike other programs where employees volunteer time or donate money for a cause chosen by the employer, Good Onya! provides grants to community groups that Cadia Valley Operations’ staff select themselves – and have often been personally involved with for years.

Participants in the program have given their time to a wide variety of causes, from coaching local sports teams and working at school canteens to volunteering with the Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Services.

Like most NSW miners, the hundreds of people who work at Cadia Valley Operations live locally and the Good Onya! initiative is another way that NSW miners are making an effort to support the communities where they live and work. 
 

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