At Coronado, we believe in the importance of enriching the communities in which we operate. Not only do we aim to be a safe, reliable, environmentally conscious employer of choice in each of these communities, we also seek to give back in meaningful ways, from ongoing support of local charities and environmental projects to sponsoring and conducting educational programs. We also encourage our employees and executives to regularly participate in local activities and events to ensure our focus on giving back extends throughout our organisation.

Australian Operations

Curragh has a long association with the Blackwater community. Since the mine opened in 1983, many employees and their families have lived in Blackwater, and through this connection Curragh has been a major supporter of the Blackwater community.

Curragh’s community engagement includes providing support across community organisations, health care, education, sport, culture, indigenous communities and local tourism. Curragh is proud to support the development of a strong, healthy and vibrant Blackwater community.

Relationship with indigenous communities

Curragh has developed and continues to foster strong relationships with local Indigenous communities, evidenced by the success realised with the following programs:

  • Curragh runs the Oothungs (Sisters) in Mining Program (Oothungs), which is in its fourth cohort in 2018. The Oothungs program assists local disadvantaged Indigenous women enter Queensland’s mining industry. Five trainee employees currently work at Curragh as a result of the Oothungs program.
  • Curragh has a partnership with the Wadja Wadja High School in the Aboriginal Community of Woorabinda. Each month during the school year, a cohort of tradespeople travel to the high school and work with the students to teach basic trade skills and share information about different trade careers and pathways into the mining industry. Curragh is also actively supporting the school with the development of their masterplan for a new high school facility for the community which will focus on vocational and agricultural education.

Respecting and preserving Indigenous cultural heritage is important to Curragh. Curragh holds regular co- ordination meetings with representatives of the local Indigenous communities and educates its employees and contractors on the importance and significance of Aboriginal heritage and culture.

US Operations

Supporting the communities in which we operate is paramount to our business. We are a proud employer of the people from the local communities where we operate and continue to develop and foster close relationships with businesses and service providers in those communities.

We have a number of programs and initiatives in place to support local schools, charities and not for profit organisations.

Some of the key initiatives we have delivered include;

  • Conducting and sponsoring educational programs for local school children.
  • Providing internships for college students from local communities.
  • Assisting with rebuilding efforts following natural disasters/floods, including repaving roads and repairing buildings and homes.
  • Donating a portion of site profits to local charities and causes, including local environmental and stream restoration organisations.
  • Contributing food and relief funds to communities in need.
  • Sponsoring local Boy Scout troops.
  • Participating in the National Boy Scout Jamboree and teaching mining merit badge classes. Donating a portion of site profits to local charities and causes, including local environmental and stream restoration organizations
  • Contributing food and relief funds to communities in need
  • Sponsoring local Boy Scout troops
  • Participating in the National Boy Scout Jamboree and teaching mining merit badge classes

In 2016, a devastating tornado and torrential rains caused significant flood damage in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. In the immediate aftermath, Coronado was there to assist with disaster relief to the local community.

We deployed our equipment and manpower, working for a week to repair local roads and houses.