NSW Miner recognised for contribution to Hunter Valley community
August 14, 2012

Over 500 business people gathered in Newcastle for the 2012 Hunter Business Chamber Awards evening to celebrate the immense economic, environmental and community contributions that the almost 1,000 member firms make to the Hunter Valley region.

Coal & Allied, which has three open cut coal mining operation in the Hunter, has been operating in the region for over 165 years. In 2011, its operations provided work for more than 2500 employees and over 1500 contractors and to date they’ve invested over $11 million in the Hunter Valley through their Community Development Fund and a further $4.5 million over the next three years has also been recommitted

Each year, the Hunter Business Chamber presents awards for small business, customer service, environmental sustainability, business achievement, safety, water conservation, and contribution to the region as well as individual awards for Young Achiever of the Year and Business Person of the Year.

HBC President Richard Anicich, CAs Jennifer Bowcock and Stephen Sneddon and HBC CEO Kristen Keegan 648 x 406

Hunter Business Chamber President Richard Anicich, Coal & Allied's Jennifer Bowcock and Stephen Sneddon and Hunter Business Chamber CEO Kristen Keegan.

As recognition of the company’s work, Coal & Allied took home the President’s Award, which is not one companies can nominate for but is rather awarded at the discretion of the Business Chamber President. In selecting the winner, Chamber President Richard Anicich said he considered all Chamber members, focusing on individuals and organisations that had made a significant contribution to the business and social fabric of the region.

“I chose Coal & Allied because I was particularly impressed by the way the company contributes to the community outside its core business,” Mr Anicich said.

“Last year the company purchased products and services from more than 400 businesses in the Upper Hunter region, injecting over $628 million into the region’s economy. 

“Through its long term community investment programme, they also invested in nearly 240 local projects in 2011. Importantly, over 60 of these projects were partnerships, generating greater benefits from the work being done by a wide range of groups in the Upper Hunter Valley. 

“There are a range of great examples of this but two that stand out are Coal & Allied’s ongoing partnership with four local councils to support their respective grants officer programmes, and their partnership with The Song Room on its Hunter Valley Creative Communities programme. 

“Coal & Allied’s employees are also encouraged to play an active role in their local communities by embracing events and fundraising activities. Since July last year, their employees have collectively raised over $30,000 and committed almost 1600 hours to a diverse range of charities and community groups. 

“I offer my congratulations again to the company for being a very deserving winner.” 

This award highlights the great work that one NSW Miner is doing to support both the Hunter economy and community – but it doesn’t end there. Our NSW Miners are working to benefit the communities in which they operate every day, whether it be by promoting education pathways for young people, helping businesses in other sectors grow or supporting key emergency services.

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