STRONG
RELATIONSHIPS

WITH LOCAL
COMMUNITIES

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Local communities play an essential role in maintaining the sustainability and success of our business.

Fitzroy develops and nurtures meaningful relationships with the communities within our sphere of operations to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes. We pride ourselves on relationships built on trust, integrity and transparency. We collaborate closely with Indigenous communities, regulators, fellow land users, neighbouring mines and the public to deliver outcomes mutually beneficial for all stakeholders and to provide value to the communities in which we operate. Some of our community initiatives are outlined below.

Community sponsorships and charitable donations

Consistent with our goal of fostering meaningful relationships with our communities, Fitzroy provides financial and other support to local sporting, cultural and community organisations. The annual donation budget is allocated across groups and charities proposed by employees and support is targeted at those organisations which directly benefit the lives of our employees and their families.

Recent beneficiaries have been junior sporting teams in Moranbah and Mackay, health initiatives like Movember which raises awareness of mens’ health issues and brain cancer research which recognises the devastating impact on families of victims.

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Fitzroy is a proud supporter of Movember, R U OK and Beyond Blue.

Fitzroy Family Day

Fitzroy opened up the Carborough Downs underground mine to more than 800 employee family members for our first Family Open Day on the 14th and 21st of September 2019. The family open days were special days; not just for Fitzroy, but for our industry. This was the first time in Queensland, that the underground coal industry hosted such a day. We are a people business, on a journey to become the next Great Australian Mining House – and we have always said we wanted to be different to our peers.

This was a unique opportunity for Fitzroy to showcase all aspects of the business including guided tours of the workshops, warehouse and coal handling plant. The overwhelming highlight for most visitors was the opportunity to don the full underground equipment and be able to visit the underground workings in a drift runner. However, the highlight for most of the Fitzroy team was seeing the smiles on children’s faces enjoying jumping castles, fairy floss, popcorn, climbing on the equipment and wearing their very own Fitzroy fluoro work shirt embroidered with their name, just like Mum or Dad.

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Land User Engagement

Fitzroy has established a strong and respectful working relationship with its landowners and land users who farm the land on its mining tenements. This relationship fosters mutually beneficial outcomes for both parties to ensure sustainable land management practices are maintained. Fitzroy aims to maximise the land use potential of both mining and agriculture through harmonious relationships.

Approximately 1800 head of cattle are currently run on Fitzroy properties alongside mining activities. In particular, Fitzroy has worked with these important stakeholders to support property maintenance and infrastructure improvements for associated farming activities. This support is facilitated through continuous communications with landowners and land users to ensure the most appropriate areas for farming and environmental sustainability are targeted.

In 2019 and 2020 work programs were established to reduce the potential impacts of drought at the Broadlea and Highview properties. This program included the construction of several boreholes in strategic locations, powered by solar pumps, to transfer water to nominated positions via polyline for livestock consumption. Additional infrastructure including tanks, troughs and overflow valves were also installed to manage water evaporation and cattle loss when dam levels become very low.

Traditional Owners

Fitzroy enjoys a constructive relationship with the Traditional Owners of the land, the Barada Barna people. We have worked collaboratively and in good faith to agree the Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) for the Ironbark No.1 project. We recognise our legal obligations in respect of Native Title and comply with all requirements in respect of the mining activities.

We will always strive to make a positive and lasting contribution to our people and the communities in which we operate.