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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
57 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 6 Communities Whitehaven is an enthusiastic advocate for mining in the region. During the nancial year we worked with a number of groups to provide tours and information about our operations as well as the broader perspective on mining in the region, its bene ts, and the management of both physical environmental, and social impacts. These groups included: Sydney Leadership -- Whitehaven participated in a two-day regional study tour to Gunnedah for a group of 25 senior leaders from Sydney and other regional centres. The group was seeking to understand the economic, social and environmental landscape of the region and how leaders were addressing the challenges associated with ongoing expansion of mining operations in the region. Association of Mining Related Councils -- meeting of 17 delegates from a wide number of Local Government Areas hosted at the Narrabri mine site, including presentations and site surface tour. Corowa Landcare Group (Oaklands EC) -- Undertook a tour of Rocglen mine and Canyon Rehabilitation Area with a view to reporting back to Corowa Shire Council. Boggabri Drovers Camp re -- This annual event attracts hundreds of travellers to the region for a weekend of local events. Our Narrabri mine hosted bus tours for the participants enabling them to see rst hand the surface operations of the mine and have questions answered in relation to both the mine and the industry. Economic Development and Business Forums -- Whitehaven representatives are regularly invited to attend and present at regional economic development forums, including Gunnedah, Narrabri and Tamworth. Case Study Helping others understand mining in our region 6.3 CULTURAL HERITAGE To support Whitehaven's commitment to protecting the cultural heritage of the local indigenous communities where we operate, all of our sites have in place Cultural Heritage Management Plans which are publicly available on the Company's website. www.whitehavencoal.com.au The plans provide, among other things, a set of procedures to: • enable the identi cation and conservation of cultural heritage places and objects within the mine sites and cultural values overall; • provide management strategies for the parts of the sites which are not a ected by mining or mining-related activities; • establish protocols with the local Aboriginal community for involvement in management works and access to sites and salvaged cultural materials; and • to ensure all Whitehaven employees, contractors and suppliers are aware of their obligations, responsibilities and procedures under the relevant legislation. All of the plans were developed following consultation with stakeholders from the local Aboriginal community who are identi ed through processes consistent with the NSW O ce of Environment and Heritage's Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Community Consultation Requirements for Proponents (DECCW,2010). 6.4 COMMUNITY INVESTMENT Whitehaven makes its community investments in a number of ways. These investments are designed to make a tangible tong-term improvement to large cross-sections of the community and its infrastructure. We work closely with local government, and where relevant, the NSW State Government, to identify projects that t with the local communities' long-term planning objectives and can support communities beyond the life of our mining projects. The contributions consist of our Voluntary Planning Agreements (which are in excess of required amounts), our sponsorships and donations, and other voluntary investments.
Annual Report 2012