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business clean-up day in point henry and anglesea
Volunteers gathered in Geelong and Anglesea in Victoria earlier this month to participate in ‘Business Clean-Up Day’.

‘Business Clean-Up Day’ is part of Clean-Up Australia Day’s national clean-up campaign to encourage Australian businesses to clean-up, fix-up and conserve their environment - both in their own workplace and beyond.

Alcoa and our signature environmental partner Greening Australia coordinated an event that saw around 30 volunteers collect and remove rubbish from the public coastline and beach near Point Henry.

The clean-up site is used regularly by the local community for activities including walking and fishing, but unfortunately illegal dumping of waste is often evident.  This is the third consecutive year Alcoa and Greening Australia have organised the event, with volunteer numbers growing stronger each year.

Greening Australia’s Lyn Willcock said the activity was a great example of people working together to improve the local environment for the benefit of the entire community.

Meantime, Alcoa Anglesea employees worked with members of the local community at a ‘Business Clean-Up Day’ activity, along the banks of the Anglesea River, organised by Business and Tourism Anglesea (BATA).

Alcoa Anglesea’s Community Relations Officer, Anthea Doran, said: “We have participated in Business Clean-Up Day many times over the years, but we typically do an activity close to our site, usually along Camp Road or Coalmine Road.

“When we were invited by BATA to participate in its activity this year, we agreed it would be a good opportunity to meet more people in the local community and also hopefully have a bigger impact through working in a large team.

“Our employees felt a good sense of achievement with the amount of rubbish they collected,” she said.

Event organiser and BATA President, Raylene Fordham, said: “We cleaned up two trailer loads of rubbish, most from the east side of the river. Some of the more interesting items we cleaned up included an old bike, a car tyre and a matching set of tennis shoes.”

sun, sand, sea, kids and aluminium art!
Students from Perth and the South-West spent a day in a ‘classroom’ with arguably the best view in WA, when they attended the Sculpture by the Sea 'Alcoa School Education Program' at Cottesloe Beach this month.

This year, the ‘Alcoa School Education Program’ saw over 2200 students participate in hands-on workshops with artists who exhibited in what is now Perth’s largest outdoor art exhibition.

As a major partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Alcoa of Australia invited a number of schools from around our WA operations to take part in the workshops - around 350 primary school children from the regions surrounding Kwinana, Pinjarra, Wagerup and Alcoa’s mining operations travelled to Perth to participate.

Alcoa’s metal, aluminium - in the form of aluminium wire and foil - is one of the materials the children used to create their mini-masterpieces.  Aluminium, described as the ‘miracle metal’ for its versatility and endless recyclability, also featured in 10 sculptures this year.

Medina Primary School Teacher, Helen Garth, said: “Thanks to Alcoa, numerous students from Medina have been to see this amazing exhibition over the past few years. Most of them find the workshops engrossing and they are blown away by the exhibits.”

“This is an outing that would otherwise not be available to these students. Since we no longer have art as a specialist subject at our school, Sculpture by the Sea provides an opportunity for art appreciation on a large scale.”

Alcoa has a variety of interactions with schools around our operations all year round, and our partnership with Sculpture by the Sea is another way we connect with kids. 

In addition to the artist workshops, a further 6000 students learned more about the arts during excursions to Cottesloe, as their teachers utilised the online teaching resources available as part of the wider ‘Alcoa School Education Program’.

2011 marks the seventh year of Alcoa’s partnership with Sculpture by the Sea - the company has been involved since the outdoor exhibition first came to Perth in 2005.

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Employees at Anglesea Power Station participated in Business and Tourism Anglesea’s 'Business Clean-Up Day' - they joined people from a range of local businesses to clean up rubbish from along the banks of the Anglesea River

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A group of Harvey Primary School children near Wagerup Refinery spent a morning at Cottesloe for the 'Alcoa School Education Program'

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Nikki Dawes (front) and Tahlia Fletcher-Glentworth (back) of Pinjarra Primary School

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Children from Harvey Primary School with an aluminium sculpture

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International artist Amy Podmore with her sculpture and kids from Pinjarra Primary School

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North Parmelia Primary School children (L-R) Sam Whitford, Zoe Christensen, and Shanice Ward

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Noah Tippett from Dwellingup Primary School with his work of art

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Students from Dwellingup Primary School enjoying the 'Alcoa Education Program' at Sculpture by the Sea