Managing Director & CEO Andrew Harding said the Community Giving Fund enables Aurizon to give back to the communities where it operates.
“In this round, we are proud to support 22 very worthwhile projects in the regions where our people live and work,” Mr Harding said.
“The grants will provide an extra boost for projects that charities and community groups are undertaking in the areas of education, community safety, environment and health and wellbeing.”
In the previous round of Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund, Sarina Landcare Management Association, south of Mackay was awarded a grant to rehabilitate and stabilise a local creek bank after it suffered significant damage from flood waters.
Mr Harding said in addition to the grant, Aurizon employees also supported the project by helping to plant the saplings along the creek.
“A group of employees from Jilalan and Mackay pitched in to support the community tree planting day,” he said.
“As locals themselves, they were enthusiastic about providing their physical labour and having the opportunity to work alongside other community members to assist with this conservation project.
“At Aurizon, we recognise the importance of giving back to our local communities.”
The latest Community Giving Fund recipients and their projects are listed here.
Image: SLCMA’s Saskia von Fahland, Coordinator; Gloria Murray, Chairperson and Greg Melvin, Vice Chairperson receive a Community Giving Fund recipient recognition plaque from Aurizon’s John Woods, Manager Integrated Planning and Belinda Johnson, Regional Maintenance Superintendent Wagons.
Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund distributes funds bi-annually and provides grants between $1,000 and $20,000. More than 320 charities and not-for-profit groups across Australia have received grants since the Fund was established in 2011.
The next round of applications for the Fund will open in September 2018.
For more information about the Community Giving Fund visit www.aurizon.com.au/community