Supporting BFFS to tackle financial disadvantage head-on
Fosterville Gold Mine's Bushfire Readiness Grants Program has helped the Mandurang CFA Brigade, install two new 35,000L concrete water tanks, which have provided a secure water source for a faster response to fires in this agricultural area.
"In our rural area, where hydrants are scarce outside of town, these tanks serve as vital central points for our emergency response," explained Ken Butler from Mandurang’s CFA Brigade.
"With a lack of above-ground water resources in certain parts of our area, the tanks which are already fully operational, allow us to fill and dispatch two 18-bulk water tankers before any other resources are called upon," said Ken.
At Fosterville Gold Mine, we take our responsibility to support the communities within which we operate very seriously and are grateful to have had the opportunity to support the Mandurang CFA Brigade in this instance.
"From a community point of view, the support we've received from FGM has been incredibly beneficial and we deeply appreciate the assistance," Ken concluded.
“Agnico Eagle Australia and Fosterville Gold Mine are proud of the CFA Bushfire Readiness Grants Program, which was created follow the devastating bushfires that raged throughout Australia in the Summer of 2019/20,” said Lance Faulkner, FGM General Manager.
“The fires were a stark reminder of why preparing for such events is vital, and inspired us to create this important grants program, which saw over $400,000 put towards bushfire readiness improvements for nine of the region’s CFA’s,” explained Lance.
The successful grant applicants were: Huntly, Junortoun, Knowsley, Golden Square, Mandurang, Axedale, Mosquito Creek, Strathfieldsaye and Goornong.
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