People and culture

MARCH 2024

FGM's approach to community and environmental responsibility

As major sponsors of the Bendigo Regional Tennis Centre and the Bendigo Agricultural Show Society (which operates the Bendigo Showgrounds), we recently installed some photo wall signs at each of these venues. The signs contain some interesting information and facts about our approach to community and environmental responsibility. So, the next time you're there, be sure to have a quick look ... you may even spot someone you know in one of the photos! Our you can check out all the photos and captions from the signs below.

Members of the Day Services Team: Kayla, Jayden, Nick, Wendy, Gary and Rhianne. At Fosterville Gold Mine we are committed to making our work environment more inclusive and respectful, so that everyone feels safe, valued and supported regardless of their background, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic.

Machine operator, Richard, at work underground. We take great pride in our employees and the contributions they make to the mine; as well as the various roles they play outside of work hours, to make our community a better place. That's why safety is our number one priority. Each day we remind our staff ... "Everyone, every day. Think safe. Work safe. Home safe!"

Deepcore Drilling team members Heath, Mat and Brandon work on site with the Fosterville Gold Mine Exploration team. We currently engage over 647 Victorian businesses to provide a wide range of services to the mine, to the value of around $168mil each year.

Fosterville Gold Mine maintains a proactive grants, sponsorships and donations program which supports a wide range of organisations – such as schools, community events, sporting clubs, emergency services, social services, community groups and more – to make the Greater Bendigo region a vibrant and caring community in which to live. Over the past 10 years Fosterville Gold Mine has invested over $2 million back into the community through its various social responsibility programs.

We were thrilled to support the Goornong Primary School with the funds needed to complete their new Outdoor Learning Space. We have supported multiple similar projects for schools in the vicinity of Fosterville Gold Mine over the years, and will continue to do so while we remain operational.

As part of the Agnico Eagle Australia Community Partnerships Program, we supported nine rural CFA's in the region to make upgrades to their facilities and equipment through the CFA Bushfire Readiness Grants Program. Our Vice President, Ion Hann is pictured here at the launch of the Strathfieldsaye CFA's new appliance bay.

As part of our commitment to sustainability, and the conditions of our mining licence, we conduct ongoing progressive rehabilitation of the land upon which we operate. An example of this commitment is the Rehe's Pit which was backfilled with 110,000 cubic metres of fill in 2021, covered in top soil and then replanted with 1,200 native plant species and 3kg of native seed. To complete this rehabilitation project, FGM engaged the Traditional Owners of the land, the Dja Dja Wurrung. To date, the mine has carried out more than 100 rehabilitation projects on site and will continue to do so.

We love telling people what we do, whether it be primary or secondary school kids, university students or anyone else who is interested! During 2023 alone, we hosted 15 group tours of the mine, presented workshops at six schools, shared with countless people who visited our stands at the 17 events we attended; not to mention our annual Open Day which saw over 1,500 members of the public join us on site for the day.

Environment and Community Advisor, Natasha van Leeuwen, presents to Grade 3/4 students from Axedale Primary School, who toured the mine to learn more about the mining operations and our extensive environmental rehabilitation program.

Fosterville Gold Mine's participation in the Bendigo Easter Festival Gala Parade in 2023, which is just one of the many events that the mine sponsors and participates in each year! Mining currently contributes over 10% to Greater Bendigo's economy. That's $1.7 billion per annum, making it the 3rd largest economic contributor to the Greater Bendigo region.

Sam, Ashlea, Ziggy and Winter at our Open Day in March 2023.

Imagine seeing a platypus in Axe Creek! That's one of the potential outcomes of the Axe Creek Protection Project which involves removing weeds, replacing native vegetation and reintroducing native fish back inot the ecosystem along 25km of the creek all the way to Campaspe River. Agnico Eagle's Community Partnership Program is the main sponsor of this project, working alongside the Strathfieldsaye District Community Enterprise and Bushco Land Management.