Rochester flood recovery

The funding – which has been awarded through the Agnico Eagle Community Partnership Program – will be put towards repairs and upgrades to the Rochester Recreation Reserve and to assist the Rochester Community House to create a new home and fully resource their team so they can continue to provide vital support services to the community.

Ion Hann, Vice President for Agnico Eagle’s Australian operations said: “As a business operating near Rochester, we have many friends and family who live in the area and have witnessed firsthand the devastation that has been caused by the floods, which is why we felt it important to find a way to support the community’s recovery efforts.”

Rochester Recreation Reserve serves as a social hub for the community where people gather to enjoy shared interests and one another’s company, something which is so important in times like these.

“The reserve’s facilities sustained substantial damage from the recent floods, but were also due for some upgrades, so Agnico Eagle’s support has come at a perfect time,” said Brendan Martin, Chair of the Rochester Recreation Reserve Committee of Management. 

The Community House has been providing critical support and communication to the entire community since the flooding crisis began.

“We have a very dedicated team of staff and volunteers at the Rochester Community House who have been stretched to the limits due to Covid and now the floods,” explained Amanda Logie, Manager of the Rochester Community House. 

This support from Agnico Eagle will make a world of difference to our team, making it possible for us to get more staff, which will give us a real boost as we head into 2023,” Amanda continued.

“As an active member of the Central Victorian community, we look forward to seeing Rochester come back from this stronger and better than it was before and we, at Agnico Eagle, plan to continue providing support in any way we can,” Ion concluded.