South32's big year of grants support community recovery

Menangle Mens Shed members with a representative from South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal. Picture: Supplied
Menangle Mens Shed members with a representative from South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal. Picture: Supplied

There is no doubt communities across Wollondilly and the Illawarra have had it tough this year.

The team at South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC) have done their part to help out .

South32 has announced that it has delivered more than $250,000 to local community organisations over the past financial year in an effort to make a real difference for people who live and work in Wollondilly and the Illawarra.

Eight organisations in the Wollondilly region have shared in $129,505 from South32 IMC's Community Partnership Program (CCP) during the past financial year, with a further six organisations in the Illawarra region sharing in $126,071 from the Dendrobium Community Enhancement Program (DCEP) over the same period.

IMC vice president operations Wayne Bull said the funds were welcomed in tough year for local businesses and community groups.

"South32 is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities where we operate, and I'm delighted we've been able to deliver such significant funding for Wollondilly and Illawarra community organisations," he said.

"It's been a difficult year for many people and organisations in our community because of Covid-19, and I'm particularly proud we've been able to lend a helping hand.

"We look forward to continuing to support our communities."

Recent funding for Wollondilly organisations from the CCP includes $43,000 for a new playground at Appin Public School, $30,000 for Lifeline Macarthur, $4290 for Menangle Men's Shed Association, $3120 for two Appin Public School students to attend Stewart House health and education residence and $49,000 for local Rural Fire Service brigades.

Menangle Men's Shed treasurer Allan Webb said the funds had gone a long way to help the organisation.

"We deeply appreciate the support from the Illawarra Metallurgical Coal Community Partnership Program," he said.

"We have used the funding from the company to upgrade parts of our Men's Shed, including new lighting and furniture.

"This will benefit the community for many years to come."

For more information about the community funds, please email: illawarracommunity@south32.net or call: 1800 102 210.

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