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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2012
29 Whitehaven Coal Limited -- Annual Report 2012 By protecting and enhancing the standard of living for our existing communities we are able to attract highly-skilled workers and their families to this region -- a benefit to both communities and the mining companies. Donations and community financial support We continue to support a wide range of community organisations with more than $115,000 donated during the year. In addition, more than $26 million has been committed to local infrastructure and community initiatives as part of our Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPA) with local councils. Part of the money committed under these VPAs is subject to relevant approvals being received. A significant portion of the $26 million is dedicated to roads and infrastructure maintenance and development, with the remainder going to community projects including the Narrabri Pool development and airport upgrade, and community enhancement projects in Gunnedah, Boggabri, Narrabri and Werris Creek. Whitehaven's workforce made a combined donation of $42,000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in FY2012 and the company matched this donation, taking the total donation from the company and its employees to $84,000. Whitehaven and its employees donated approximately $70,000 to the service in 2010 and $74,000 in 2011, taking the total donation for the past three years to approximately $230,000. Cadetships and apprenticeships A number of programs are in place across the Whitehaven Group. At our Maules Creek Project we have a strong apprenticeship program in place with eight young people enrolled. Five are full-time apprentices and three are school-based. Elsewhere in the group we have approximately 88 cadets and apprentices. Our cadetship program supports individuals with their university studies and provides them with work experience and future roles at the mines. Most of our cadets and apprentices are young local people who have chosen to stay close to home and develop a career in the mining sector.
Annual Report 2011
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