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Community

Community Engagement

The development and enhancement of Mid West communities is a key commitment of Karara.  The objective of developing long-term, sustainable businesses that deliver local benefits, such as employment and local business opportunities has continued.

Community investment activities focus around the key pillars of regional health, education, youth development and housing.  Additional leverage is gained by forging partnerships with key associations with organisations that enhance our financial investment.

Under the Local Content Policy, of the 1,680 businesses engaged to date in the construction and development of the Karara Project, 98% are Australian and nearly 20% of these businesses have been from the Mid West itself.  This amounts to approximately $350 million being spent within the Mid West, compared with approximately $300 million spent overseas and more than $2.15 billion spent in Australia, most of which was spent in Western Australia.

Karara Community Farm

The Karara Community Farm was developed in 2011 on 600 acres of Karara-owned land, is an agricultural resource for community groups to utilise to generate their own profits as an alternative means of fundraising.  Regional groups are welcome to submit an application for the farm which is awarded by Karara annually based on merit.  Successful applicants so far include the Morawa Winter Sports Group who, in 2011, raised $90,000 through a successful wheat crop.  This money was used to improve their sporting facilities.  In 2012, the use of the Farm was awarded to the Morawa Golf and Bowls Club.  The club raised $68,000 and used the money to install a renewable solar system to reduce power costs. This year’s successful applicant was the Morawa Education and Industry Training Alliance ("MEITA").

Karara Community Health Fund

In June 2012, the Karara Community Health Fund was officially launched.  The fund was underpinned by an initial $300,000 investment coming from a range of sources, including contractor partners and local government, employee fundraising activities, and recycling and innovation programs conducted by Karara staff.

Mobile Dental Clinic

The flagship project to emerge from the fund is the partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (“RFDS”).  The partnership’s first project was the development of a Mobile Dental Clinic.  This state-of-the-art mobile clinic – which has been purchased and equipped by Karara and operated by the RFDS – will operate in a number of Mid West Shires which have been closely involved with, and supportive, of the development of the Karara Project.  A key focus of the mobile clinic is the provision of mobile dental healthcare services to these Shires, providing coverage on a yearly schedule centred on a certain number of weeks across the year.  Contracting partner Rapids Crushing joined with Karara as a key corporate partner, while valuable support was received by local Mid West Shires.

Murchison Family Support Network

Another key project from the fund involves the Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc.  Karara, Aurizon and Bis Industries, being two of Karara’s key contracting partners, have joined forces with Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc. (“Parkerville”) to co-fund and assist in the establishment of a new Murchison Family Support Network in Geraldton.  The landmark partnership has seen the partners source a building to house the new Murchison Family Support Network while also contributing to the operating costs for the facility, estimated at $250,000 a year.

Parkerville had had services in Geraldton for the previous 18 months caring for and treating children experiencing trauma from abuse with just 5 staff.  They have now been relocated to the upgraded premises and expanded to 15 staff.  As a result of this partnership, Parkerville – which is one of Western Australia’s oldest non-government organisations dedicated to providing care and protection to children and young people in need – will be able to significantly expand and improve its Mid West services.  The Murchison Family Support Network will be only the second of its kind in WA, following the establishment of Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre by Parkerville in Armadale in 2011, and a joint government and non-government Family Support Network in 2012.  The services will be tailored to suit the specific needs of Geraldton and its surrounding communities.

 

Mingenew House Project

Karara, in partnership with local landholders and the Shire of Mingenew, undertook the development of a new community housing project in Mingenew.  The project, designed to attract professionals and other high-calibre people to take up employment opportunities with Mingenew Shire, was undertaken at a cost of $688,000 to Karara.

Morawa General Practitioner ("GP") Flights

Karara has provided 26 return flights to Perth per year on the Company’s regular fly-in, fly-out charter service to assist in attracting and retaining good quality GP’s in the Shires of Morawa, Perenjori and Mingenew.

A copy of our Local Content Policy can be found  here .