Aurizon has a proud track record of supporting the communities in which we work and live, in many different ways. Some of the most important elements of this support are our local, regional and national partnerships.
We look to create mutually beneficial relationships with key organisations or community groups, where our involvement can help these groups achieve their goals.
As part of our community investment program, Aurizon is forming partnerships with organisations and events that support our focus on Community Safety, Education, Environment, and Health & Wellbeing.
Newcastle KnightsAs part of our commitment to regional communities Aurizon is proud to sponsor the Newcastle Knights. The Hunter Valley is an important area for Aurizon, with growing operations and a growing workforce.
Aurizon has been a partner of the Newcastle Knights for the last six years, and throughout that time has worked with the Club to bring rail safety messages into local schools and the broader community.
The Newcastle Knights work with Aurizon to deliver an important Rail Safety program into primary schools throughout the Hunter Region. Knights players act as Rail Safety Ambassadors to teach children to Stop, Look, Listen, and Think, around railway tracks.
Barry the BallAurizon works with Newcastle Knights players to introduce 'Barry the Ball' as part of an interactive presentation to give kids tips on how to stay safe around rail lines and crossings. Barry the Ball teaches the children to “Know their Game Plan” at level crossings, as he helps them to understand:
- Trains are very long and heavy, and take a long time to stop
- Only ever cross a railway track where it’s safe - at a level crossing, a bridge or an underpass
- Never play on or near railway tracks
- When you’re waiting for train, stand behind the yellow lineIf you’re in a car, remind the driver to stop and look both ways before they cross the track
Clontarf FoundationAurizon’s partnership with the Clontarf Foundation will make a difference and improve the lives of indigenous young men.
The Clontarf Foundation is a charitable not-for-profit organisation set up to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.
The Foundation has been highly successful in attracting boys to school and retaining them. It has also been successful in placing graduates in permanent full-time employment.
The Foundation’s programs are delivered through a network of Academies, each of which operates in partnership with a secondary school or college. The Foundation uses the existing passion Aboriginal boys have for football –either Aussie Rules or rugby league – to attract them to attend an Academy. Upon completing school, graduates are helped to find employment and are provided with on-going support.
Clontarf currently operates more than 96 schools in cities and towns across Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
For more information visit the Clontarf Foundation website.