With a long-life operation in the region, we believe that the success of Karara is linked with the enduring strength of our community connections and relationships. Identifying and supporting opportunities to create/deliver sustainable business and job development, effective collaboration and meaningful partnerships in the Mid West is a core commitment at Karara.
More than 1,680 business were involved in the construction and development of Karara; nearly 20% were local businesses, with a local economic contribution of AUD $350 million and AUD $2.15 billion spent nationally – mostly in Western Australia.
Our ongoing investment is focused on supporting four key areas of community need identified in consultation with local Shires and community interest groups:
- Youth development
Our approach is to foster effective relationships with organisations, community groups and agencies to achieve the best possible outcomes. Karara continues to provide significant levels of funding annually for targeted community programs and initiatives.
Our Community Programs
We have developed a diverse range of innovative and sustainable programs to address regional health, education, youth development and housing needs.
Karara Community Farm
The Community Farm was developed in 2011 on 600 acres of company-owned land. The Farm is an agricultural resource made available to the community to use and to generate profits on a “user-pays/user benefits” basis. This provides an alternative means of fundraising to traditional donations and sponsorships and allows community groups to work together in a grain-growing enterprise, on Karara-provided land, to achieve positive outcomes for the community.
Applications to use the Community Farm are submitted annually by community groups. The right to use the Farm each season is awarded by Karara after careful review of the merit and potential community benefit/impacts in each application. This innovative community partnership approach to fundraising has so far generated more than AUD $500,000 in funding for community projects.
Funds raised are seasonally dependent and distributed to areas where funding is difficult. Recent successful outcomes are shown below.
|Year||Community Group||Crop||Community Outcomes|
|2011||Morawa Winter Sports Group||Wheat||$90,000 – improve sporting facilities.|
|2012||Morawa Football Club & Morawa Netball Club||Wheat||$68,000 – upgrade lighting for night fixtures.|
|2013||Morawa Golf Club & Morawa Bowling Club||Wheat||$98,000 – install renewable energy solar system.|
|2014||Morawa District High School & Morawa Agricultural College||Wheat||$78,000 – upgrade boarding facilities/dormitories.|
|2015||Morawa Winter Sports Group||Wheat||$84,000 – improve sporting facilities.|
|2016||Morawa Bowling Club||Wheat||$120,000 – improve green and facilities.|
Karara Community Health Fund
The Karara Community Health Fund (CHF) was launched in June 2012 during Karara’s construction phase. It was underpinned by an initial investment of AUD $300,000 from contractor partners, local government, employee fundraising activities, and recycling and innovation programs at Karara. Today, significant contributions to the fund are derived from waste and scrap metal recycling programs on the mine site.
Mobile Dental Clinic
Karara’s flagship community initiative has its origins in the Community Health Fund and was developed in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Karara and the RFDS have developed a state-of-the-art Mobile Dental Clinic in a customised and fully equipped/air-conditioned dental van, purchased and equipped by Karara and operated by the RFDS. The clinic operates across various Shires in the Mid West.
The mobile clinic is meeting a key community objective to provide mobile dental healthcare services annually in the Shires. We are incredibly proud of this initiative, which has received strong support and wide acclaim from residents, community groups and local government authorities alike in the region.
Murchison Family Support Network
This key project involves contributions of financial support from Karara to the Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc. in line with Karara’s community funding objectives. Karara joined forces with Parkerville to establish and provide ongoing funding for a new Murchison Family Support Network in Geraldton. Karara provides support of AUD $100,000 toward annual operating costs.
Parkerville provides critical care, support and treatment services for children who have suffered trauma and abuse in Geraldton and surrounding areas. It is one of the oldest non-government organisations in the state dedicated to providing care and protection to children and young people in need. Karara is proud to support this critical service in the Mid West.
The Murchison Family Support Network is the second of its type in WA, following Parkerville’s establishment in 2011 of the Child Advocacy Centre at Armadale in Perth’s outer south-eastern suburbs. A joint government and non-government Family Support Network was established in 2012.
Morawa General Practitioner (GP) Flights
Karara provides an equivalent of one fully funded return flight every fortnight for a Perth-based Doctor/General Practitioner (26 return flights per annum) to the region. As well as ensuring increased medical coverage, this program also assists in the attraction and retention of experienced and effective in the Morawa, Perenjori and Mingenew Shires.