Employees of Arrium Mining, OneSteel and several of their contractor partners have volunteered their time to help make a difference for the Iron Knob community.
More than 30 people took to the streets of Iron Knob last week to lend a hand in any way they could, including hard waste removal, painting, gardening and a general tidy-up of the town.
President of the Iron Knob Progress Association, Alan Clark, said the day was fantastic for the entire community.
“I was amazed at the number of people that showed up from Arrium, OneSteel and the contractor companies, so the residents really appreciate the effort they’ve gone to and the difference they’ve made,” Mr Clark said.
“Arrium have helped the community wherever they can and this is just another way they’re doing the right thing by Iron Knob residents, it was really great to see.”
Arrium Mining manager stakeholder engagement, Angie Smyth, said it was great to see so many people put their hand up to help make improvements for the small community.
“We worked with a number of community members and the Iron Knob Progress Association – including attending community meetings leading up to the day – to ensure residents let us know which areas they’d most like us to assist with,” Ms Smyth said.
“Our employees and contractors really got behind the initiative, enabling us to undertake all of the work that residents had asked and helping improve the overall look of the town.”
Local resident Ray Wheeler said the clean-up day was one of many ways the company had been assisting the Iron Knob community since recommencing mining operations in the area.
“I have nothing short of full respect for Arrium’s employees and the respect and professionalism they have shown towards myself and other members of the local community,” he said.
“This clean-up day is yet another way they are giving back to the people of Iron Knob and it’s been of great benefit to the community.”
Ms Smyth said the initiative was part of Arrium Mining’s broader community engagement plan, aimed at ensuring the company develops a meaningful longterm relationship with the people of Iron Knob.
“Through our continued engagement processes, we have created a trusting relationship which enables the community to communicate with us directly,” she said.
“We will continue to implement our improvement plans which focus on delivering improvements to help address the overall needs of the Iron Knob community.”
Arrium Mining and OneSteel would like to thank their employees who kindly donated their time, as well as OneSteel Recycling, Bis Industries, BGC and Veolia for their assistance on the day.