03/04/2020 Ballarat Gold Mine has donated 3000 face masks to Ballarat Base Hospital to help keep this important community service safe. Ballarat Gold Mine’s Health & Safety Manager Leigh Searle said: “We understand that we are fortunate to be able to continue operations and our priority is the health and safety of our people, their families and their local communities. Donating the supplies that we can to Ballarat Health Services is a direct way to support our community.” The masks donated will be utilised in the Ballarat Base Hospital Emergency Department and COVID-19 Fever Clinic to protect their front-line staff.
19/02/2020 A 2.75 per cent royalty on gold extracted in the state officially kicked in on January 1, 2020. Today, the state government voted to stay firm with the tax after Shadow Treasurer Louise Staley put forward a “disallowance motion” in the Legislative Council to put the buffers on the tax. Ballarat Gold Mine sent a group of staff to Parliament today to present their case and to hear the decision on the controversial gold royalty. They joined fellow gold miners from across the state. Ballarat Gold Mine’s Bill Reid said, “He was extremely disappointed with the government’s decision.’’
MINERS and their colleagues at Ballarat Gold Mine are encouraged to help share their load with each other and talk. The Mount Clear site now has a bright blue haul truck as a constant reminder. Mining Manager, Darren Watkins said “Every day in this country, approximately six men and two women take their own life with many more thinking about it. Today is about how we can help each other through some of the hard times”. Building on their Employee Assistance Program, Ballarat Gold Mine is working on developing and maintaining a mentally healthy and supportive workplace. With assistance from
20/10/2019 Ballarat Gold Mine supports various projects that support social and cultural vibrancy in the regional city. On 18-19, October 2019 this included sponsoring the gala dinner during the Interkultura Ballarat soccer tournament. Hosted by the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council and the Ballarat City Football Club, the event brought together more than 150 players from 12 Victorian ethnic communities as well as spectators from across the city and surrounding areas. The event was capped with the gala dinner, attended by 350 guests and featuring stories about sport, football and connection. Ballarat Gold Mine welcomed the opportunity to support
June 2019 Ballarat Gold Mine typically works well below the original historic mine shafts. Recently our activities took us just below and into the historic New Normanby Mine, where we found remnant timbers used for ground support in the early 1900’s. This was a fabulous opportunity to see the old timbers in their original site 460 metres below the surface. These timbers were returned to the surface and can now be seen while visiting Sovereign Hill Museum on a tour of their mine site.
June 2019 Ballarat Gold Mine hosted Robogals — a team of ten university students from Melbourne, Monash and RMIT. The aim was to encourage engineering students to look at alternative careers as part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). BGM employs mechanical, chemical, structural, geotechnical and mining engineers. The students were shown how a working mine operates and the many opportunities for careers the mining sector offers. The team then ran workshops for Grades 3 to 6 at Dana Street Primary School, Urquhart Park Primary School and Lumen Christi Primary School.