partnering stronger communities
working together for a strong future
Alcoa continues to demonstrate our commitment to our communities by partnering with national and local environmental, not-for-profit, charity and cultural organisations. Together, we can help build more sustainable communities - falling into line with one of Alcoa’s core values to ‘partner stronger communities’.
On top of the investment made by Alcoa of Australia and the Alcoa Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organisation that actively invests in the quality of life of Alcoa communities worldwide, our employees’ volunteering efforts continue to grow stronger each year. This was evident by the increase in Australian participation during this year’s Worldwide Month of Service.
Our partnerships fall under six key themes: Conservation & Sustainability; Future Leaders of Industry; Stronger Communities; Arts for Everyone; Safe & Healthy Children and Families; and Volunteering.
In addition to Alcoa's national WA and Victorian partnerships - which include events like Sculpture by the Sea in WA and NSW and the Melbourne International Arts Festival - each of our operational sites has their own local partnership programs.
Read on to discover some of the highlights from each Alcoa site over the past year.
anglesea power station & coal mine - victoria
2008 has seen Anglesea partner with almost 30 community groups and dedicate countless employee volunteer hours.
Some of the highlights from the 2008 Anglesea partnership portfolio was the support of the annual Golf Day for the Anglesea Fire Brigade where the organisation raised close to $20 000; and contributions to fundraising days for the Anglesea Primary School and the Lorne Community Hospital.
Anglesea has also assisted environmental and community groups throughout the year including: the Victorian Peregrine Project; Help for Wildlife and Friends of Jan Juc Creek Reserve; the Anglesea Lions Club; various sporting organisations; and pre-school groups.
bauxite mining operations – western australia
Alcoa’s Mining Operations at Huntly and Willowdale have a thriving partnerships program which is helping to enrich the surrounding communities.
The WA Mining Group’s partnerships have a heavy emphasis on conservation which is demonstrated through our relationship with the Botanic Parks and Gardens Authority (Kings Park). This partnership is aimed at promoting seed conservation, sharing advances in seed sciences and conservation biology, and supporting university teaching and training in conservation biology and restoration ecology.
Kings Park Alcoa Seed Conservation Scientist, Dr David Merritt said: "Our partnership with Alcoa provides us with invaluable education and research opportunities."
It has been a successful year for the Healthy Breakfast Club, with Alcoa’s WA Mining Group becoming a major sponsor. The Healthy Breakfast Club provides breakfast for local students in the Peel Region, five days per week, with the objective of ensuring every child is able to start their school day having eaten a substantial and healthy meal. Alcoa’s investment has assisted with the Club’s overall running costs, with over 50,000 breakfasts served in the Peel Region this year.
The KIDS Foundation's Injury Free (IF) Day is also supported by the WA Mining Group through the Alcoa Foundation. IF Day is a national safety awareness campaign that promotes the importance of injury prevention in the workplace and community. This year several WA schools received a visit from burns survivor, Chris Doulis, who told his story to encourage the “think safe, play safe” message in local children.
The Bilya Noongar Organisation has received support from the WA Mining Group throughout 2008. The organisation attempts to teach indigenous youth their traditional ways and together, Alcoa and the Bilya Noongar Organisation have developed ‘The Bilya Noongar Land and Cultural Training Program.’ This is a training package to ensure that traditional knowledge of the jarrah forest is passed onto the next generation. The Program is offered to all young Aboriginal people of Noongar descent and who have a link to the local Pinjarra and Mandurah area. The Program includes lessons such as: heritage surveying; river and land management; leadership and cultural practices; and cultural tours including a tour of Alcoa’s Mining Operations. In 2008, 15 students successfully completed the training.
kwinana alumina refinery – western australia
The Kwinana Refinery has continued to bring about economic, social and environmental benefits to its local community throughout the year.
The Kwinana Refinery partnered with more than 30 different organisations this year and invested in community projects including: new aluminium goal posts for the Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club; helping the Kwinana Bowling Club to fund the Club’s synthetic greens for local members; the Kwinana Early Years Services which provides parenting and support to local families.
pinjarra alumina refinery – western australia
The Pinjarra Refinery has an extensive partnerships portfolio which, this year, included the Peel Community Development Group (PCDG) - the recognised regional peak body of community service providers. The organisation’s aim of having a base in the centre of the Peel Region of Western Australia was assisted by the signing of a three year partnership with Alcoa.
PCDG Coordinator Madeleine Powell said that having a physical presence in a regional centre would allow PCDG to work more closely with the Shires to build community relationships and increase service provision to the region.
At the beginning of 2008 the Pinjarra Refinery became involved in the Maree Finlay Foundation. Peel resident Maree Finlay suffered from Motor Neuron Disease and passed away in December 2007 after a three year battle. It was her dream to establish a Foundation that would provide easy access to appropriate transport for those afflicted with the Motor Neuron Disease to enable them to more easily attend medical appointments and enhance their quality of life. Alcoa’s contribution is being invested into a vehicle to help Maree’s dream become a reality. The Pinjarra Refinery plans to be involved in further fundraising events in 2009.
The Peel Health Campus is getting closer to having a much needed dedicated Children’s Ward, thanks to a three year partnership commitment with our Pinjarra Refinery. Local four year old Tahlia Nixon currently travels three times per week to Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth to receive medical attention for an ongoing health condition. Her parents Kelly and Alan are looking forward to the possibility of having the travel time alleviated by the new ward closer to home.
point henry smelter & rolled products facility - victoria
Over the past year Point Henry has partnered with more than 100 community organisations in the Geelong region while its employees have volunteered around 9,000 hours to local projects.
One of the Point Henry highlights of 2008 was the launch of Moolapio - a partnership between Alcoa and Greening Australia, to conserve, enhance and restore the flora and fauna of Point Henry. During the year the partnership was recognised when the Moolapio project won the prestigious United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for ‘best specific environmental initiative’.
Earlier this month one of our long time signature partners, the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), launched the 2009 Alcoa Theatre Season.
Jon Mamonski, GPAC Community Relations & Marketing Manager said that GPAC was thrilled to have the ongoing support of Alcoa.
“Alcoa and GPAC have worked closely for 25 years to bring the joy of theatre and the performing arts to the broader Geelong community.
“It is a dynamic partnership, with many Alcoa employees volunteering their time at GPAC events - an effort recently recognised with an Arts Victoria, 2008 Arts Portfolio Leadership Award.”
portland aluminium smelter - victoria
During 2008, Portland Aluminium’s investment in the local community was spread among 120 local community organisations which have helped to increase community capacity.
One of this year’s highlights was the launch of our three year partnership with Kyeema Centre Inc. to construct a purpose built overnight respite accommodation facility. When complete, this will meet the respite needs of community members with disabilities and the elderly within the Glenelg Shire.
Portland Aluminium and Loaves and Fishes, a long running signature partner, signed a partnering agreement for a further three years this year. Loaves and Fishes provides emergency relief such as foods and goods hampers for those who are in need, and assists the local breakfast club in providing breakfast to over 90 children at six different schools. Portland Aluminium’s partnership with the organisation has helped cover administration expenses for its Richmond Street premises – ultimately helping the charity focus on its core role to deliver much needed services to the Portland community.
In addition to funding which comes from the Portland Aluminium Smelter, the Alcoa Foundation has also made a significant contribution to local Portland organisations including the Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation’s ‘Lake Condah Sustainability Project.’
And again this year Portland Aluminium employees answered the call of the community by volunteering over 522 hours - proving why our people are our most valuable asset at Portland.
wagerup alumina refinery – western australia
Wagerup has had another full year of partnering with organisations that work towards building stronger communities in the Harvey and Waroona regions.
The Mulgara Family Centre focuses on strengthening the capacity and well-being of youth, family and community in the Shire of Harvey. Wagerup’s partnership with the Centre has enabled the group to operate a bus service into Yarloop, Harvey and Brunswick - allowing young people in those towns access to the Centre in Australind, where they can participate in youth-based activities. The partnership has also enabled the Centre to provide ongoing employment for a number of its staff.
Mulgara Family Centre manager Lynn Watt said: “We welcome the partnership and are thankful to Alcoa for supporting our organisation. This will allow our work to continue and help further develop youth services within the Shire of Harvey.”
This year Wagerup also partnered with Harvey YouthCare District Council to support a non-denominational Chaplain servicing the Harvey and Brunswick Primary Schools. The Chaplain’s aim is to improve social behaviour in the local community and is now working with students and assisting them with their particular challenges.
“We’re very fortunate in having a company like Alcoa in the area that is willing to support the chaplaincy program,” said Harvey YouthCARE District Council Chairman Roy Forbes.
Alcoa has partnered with Greening Australia for many years on various projects right around the country. In the communities surrounding Wagerup, activities have focused on ‘Nell’s Block’ - 16 hectares of Alcoa-owned land, 5 kilometres north west of Yarloop. Our aim for ‘Nell’s Block” is to revegetate it to reserve status and return it to the community.
yennora recycling and rolled products facility – new south wales
Throughout the year, Alcoa Australia Rolled Products (AARP) at Yennora in NSW has assisted over 35 community partners. Our investment has come from both the Yennora facility and the Alcoa Foundation in attempts to support environmental, health and educational initiatives.
Highlights from the past year include support of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital Play Therapy Unit. The partnership with Alcoa Australia Rolled Products enabled the hospital to purchase a range of toys for children who undergo challenging treatments.
In 2008, Yennora continued its longstanding relationship with Timehelp – an organisation that facilitates the volunteering efforts of seniors in local schools. The Timehelp program strives to ensure that the skills of seniors are not lost, as the younger generation grows older.
Keep Australia Beautiful NSW’s Sustainable Cities, Clean Beach Challenge and Waste Watchers programs received support from Yennora and the Alcoa Foundation this year. These programs help ensure better resource management, less litter and waste and more sustainable communities.
Yennora also continued to work with the Garvan Institute to deliver tailored and interactive employee health seminars on site.
This year the volunteering efforts of Yennora employees included seed planting with Greening Australia, acting as stewards for the Down Syndrome NSW Buddy Walk and assisting the Blue Mountain's State Emergency Service.
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