Community is one of Sandfire’s six core values. Strong community relationships are the foundation of our social licence to operate and we aim to make a meaningful contribution to the communities in our region.
Through stakeholder engagement, we work to understand the impacts of our operations on communities, provide a forum for open dialogue and ensure that the voice of community directs our social initiatives. This permeates each stage of the mining life cycle, starting with exploration and continuing through to mine closure.
The closest town to the DeGrussa Copper Mine is Meekatharra, located 150km from the mine site. Sandfire has a strong presence in Meekatharra and a number of other towns in the Murchison region. At Sandfire, contributing to community goes beyond sponsoring programs and partnerships. We aim to develop and maintain positive relationships with community groups, attend community meetings and events, stay abreast of community issues and contribute to initiatives. In essence, we aim to be a member of the community.
Ultimately, the biggest impact we can make in any community is though the provision of employment and procurement opportunities. The far reaching and long term social and economic benefits of employment are well known, for the individual, their family, friends and community. Wherever we operate, we aim to open doors for local people.
Sandfire supports a number of programs in communities aimed at improving education and health outcomes and community cohesion. Read more about our approach to community investment here.