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annual volunteering month now in fifth year
Every October is Alcoa’s worldwide Month of Service – a time when we encourage employee volunteerism and celebrate the hundreds of employees who volunteer all year round.

2010 marks the fifth year of our annual volunteering month, with Australian employees dedicating more than 4600 hours to community projects by month’s end.

Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg said: “Month of Service is our opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives – and have some fun while we’re at it.

“I'm proud of those who take the time and effort to make a difference. The Month of Service activities give volunteering more focus and expose others to the opportunities to add value to the community.”

This October, emergency services, health care organisations, environment groups and schools have been assisted by Australian Alcoa employees.

“Month of Service is all about making a real and lasting impact.

“At Alcoa, we believe we have a responsibility to help build and strengthen our communities, and getting thousands of our people out and about, getting their hands dirty, does make a difference.”

Kwinana Refinery Senior Operator, Damian Sparr, said: “It’s a good feeling to know that you’re helping out, and volunteering is a good example for others.”

“I work for a great organisation, which supports me and my family, so this is my way of supporting Alcoa and putting a bit back into the community,” said Stuart Milliken of Alcoa’s Victorian Operations.

“By working together we can help a local green or land care group, for example, achieve so much more than they could by themselves because we’re en masse,” said Anika Wall, Environmental Scientist at Huntly Mine.

Nicci Marris, Environmental Scientist at Anglesea Power Station said: “I look forward to Month of Service every year - I like being with my work-mates outside of the office, meeting new people, and learning more about the local organisations that Alcoa regularly helps.”

“Volunteering gives me a chance to step outside of myself for a little bit, and realise that it’s not all about me, there’s a greater planet out there and volunteering is a good example for my children,” said Marcy Gosby who is based at the WA Peel Office in Pinjarra.

Of his regular community volunteering, Wagerup employee and Bunbury Sea Search & Rescue Volunteer, Ian Byrd, said: “We help train the community – we try and run something that will help educate the community in aspects of sea worthiness and looking after themselves when they’re out at sea.”

“It’s inspiring to see so many employees getting involved, not only during Month of Service but throughout the whole year. Volunteers really are the lifeblood of community organisations and I’m proud to have such an engaged workforce at Portland Aluminium which contributes so much to the local area,” said John Osborne, Portland Aluminium Operations Manager.

“We operate in the diverse western Sydney region and Month of Service creates opportunities for our people to volunteer with local groups and learn more about the great work they do,” said Michelle Bittle, Human Resource Manager at Alcoa Yennora in NSW.

In the ‘our people’ section of this newsletter, read about the specific activities that have been happening around each Alcoa site.

bunbury shipping milestone  
Alcoa has welcomed the 4000th ship to be processed since our Bunbury Port facilities commenced operations in 1976.

Soon after the MV Lindesay Clarke tied up at Alcoa’s berth on Tuesday 19 October 2010, it began to be loaded with alumina from our Wagerup and Pinjarra refineries – continuing to build on the 157 million tonnes already exported to the world from Alcoa’s Bunbury Port.

Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg was in Bunbury this month to mark the milestone and said the Port of Bunbury remains very important to Alcoa.

“It’s always good to get back to Bunbury and it’s exciting to be celebrating this milestone.  We push out more than two thirds of our alumina through the Port of Bunbury, it’s an integral part of Alcoa’s West Australian operations,” Mr Cransberg said.

“Pivotal to our success has been our people. Alcoa’s port facilities at Bunbury are run by a very dedicated and committed group of employees who I want to thank and acknowledge as part of these celebrations for their efforts over the past 34 years.”

Bunbury Port Authority (BPA) Chairperson Neema Premji said the greatest strengths in the relationship between Alcoa and BPA has been an open line of communication between management, honesty, and the determination to work together to the benefit of both organisations.

"The Bunbury Port Authority congratulates Alcoa on the 4000th ship through its port and looks forward to working with Alcoa into the future," Ms Premji said.

Alcoa's alumina exports make up 52% of the total trade through Bunbury Port, and are sent to aluminium smelters around the world as well as our two smelters in Victoria at Portland Aluminium and Point Henry near Geelong. Once at the smelters, the alumina is converted into aluminium – one of the world’s most versatile and sustainable metals.

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David Smith (Bunbury Mayor), Neema Premji (Bunbury Port Authority Chair) with Alan Cransberg (Alcoa of Australia Managing Director)

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Alan Cransberg

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Alcoa Bunbury Port employees