Last week’s launch of the “Bendigo – Built on gold” tram was a wonderful opportunity for the Fosterville Gold Mine (FGM) team to reconnect with our community partners at the Central Deborah Gold Mine, which was the perfect backdrop for the occasion.
With representatives from over 34 organisations in attendance, it was a great indication of how seriously FGM takes our responsibility to contribute to the communities in which we operate.
During his speech, our General Manager, Lance Faulkner said: “One of the best parts of my job, if not the best, is being able to work with all the dedicated and passionate community partners that we have across the region.”
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to interact with and contribute towards the people who truly make our region a fantastic place to live,” explained Lance.
The facts about FGM’s contribution to the economy and community thus far …
- FGM currently contributes over $300m to the local economy each year.
- FGM employs over 800 people, with over 90% them living locally.
- Since 2005 FGM has awarded nearly half a million dollars to 260 community organisations through the Community Grants Program
- Since 2013, FGM has provided over $1.5 million in direct sponsorship and donations to projects and events.
- The Agnico Eagle Community Partnerships Program, which started in 2021 in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, has seen 29 Community Partnerships established, with a total of $4.5 million contributed towards these partnerships in 2023 alone.
- FGM is also there when disaster strikes and donated $1.0 million in total to the Victorian Bush Fire appeal, the Red Cross, the CFA and RSPCA after the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires.
- Our Bushfire Readiness Program provided grants totalling over $400,000 to ensure local CFA brigades are better equipped to deal with bushfires·
- Last year during the October floods our employees volunteered as part of the initial emergency response and then in the recovery efforts. We also donated $750,000 to the Rochester Recreation Reserve and Rochester Community House through the Agnico Eagle Community Partnership Program, and since then we’ve continued to look for ways, we can assist.
Representatives from the following organisations were in attendance:
- Bendigo Health
- Bendigo Stadium
- Australian Sheep Breeders Association
- Shine Bright Axedale Kindergarten
- Bendigo Family and Financial Services
- AFL CV
- Bendigo Foodshare
- Axedale Our Town Our Future
- Bendigo Agricultural Show Society
- Bendigo Comedy Festival
- Bendigo Sports Star Awards
- Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise
- LEAD Loddon Murray
- Rochester Community House
- Goornong CFA
- Golden Square CFA
- Knowlsey CFA
- Bendigo Blue Light
- Honeyeater Bushland Reserve
- Strathfieldsaye District Commmunity Enterprise - Axecreek Protection Project
- Sunshine Bendigo
- Kamarooka Recreation Reserve
- Quarry Hill Croquet Club
- Maiden Gully Fire Brigade
- Long Gully Neighbourhood House
- Bendigo SES Unit
- Bendigo Heritage Attractions