New South Wales, Australia


Lifeskills’ Sensory Garden Grows with Peabody Support

Peabody’s Wilipinjong Mine made a A$25,000 contribution to the Sensory Garden at Lifeskills’ new facility. The Sensory Garden will provide a serene yet stimulating environment for clients, delivering therapeutic benefit for Lifeskills families. Lifeskills is a charitable organization that provides services for people with moderate to high support needs.

Peabody Works to Preserve Wambo Homestead Complex

Peabody Energy is proud to be working with the Hunter Region community to preserve the cultural heritage of the Wambo Homestead Complex. The Complex, which was constructed between the mid-1830s and mid-1840s, demonstrates the historical development of pastoral and agricultural activity in the Hunter Region. Peabody has committed to undertaking ongoing maintenance work to stabilize and conserve the existing Wambo Homestead, including infrastructure work on the Stud Masters Cottage, pictured here.

Sponsoring the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship

Peabody Energy sponsored the 2014 Singleton Mayoral Scholarship, which celebrates the contributions and academic achievements of people in the Singleton community. Awards were presented in categories including Agriculture, Business, Engineering and Infrastructure, Environment and Community and Social Services. The 2014 winner of the Peabody-sponsored “Environment” category was chosen due to her desire to raise awareness of environmental issues in the community through the visual documentation of local flora and fauna. Category winners receive a $4,000 scholarship that may be spent in a variety of ways to facilitate further education.

Peabody Digs Deep for Mudgee Hospital

Peabody last week helped its Wilpinjong community take a step towards better health by donating two Vital Signs Monitors to the Mudgee Hospital. The $12,000 donation was pledged by Peabody's Wilpinjong General Manager, Ian Livingstone-Blevins through a radio fundraising appeal which helped the hospital raise a total of $60,000.

Wilpinjong 'Locks Up the Boss' for Good Cause

Wilpinjong's Continuous Improvement Manager, Peter Schmidt, was arrested on site securing his release only after the Wilpinjong Team and Wilpinjong contractors dug deep to post bail. The $2,300 'bail' raised was donated to Mudgee PCYC for the organisation's 'Lock Up Your Boss' Fundraiser. Money raised during this event will help to fund the organisation's work with young offenders and at-risk youth.

Wilpinjong Funds Endangered Species Rescue Efforts

Peabody Energy’s Wilpinjong Mine funded a project to save the endangered Regent Honeyeater and improve the Red Hill Environmental Education Centre. Red Hill Environmental Education Centre aims to provide students with learning experiences that will promote understanding and respect to all aspects of nature and the environment. More than 250 native plants that provide habitat and food for the Regent Honeyeater were planted at Red Hill’s regeneration center.

Wilpinjong Mine featured in the iconic Australian "This Is Our Story" campaign

Peabody Energy’s Wilpinjong Mine is proud to be featured in the iconic Australian “This Is Our Story” campaign, famous for showcasing the many ways our industry supports its communities. Wilpinjong’s story highlights Peabody working alongside local landholders and demonstrating co-existence of mining and agricultural industries in regional New South Wales.

Wilpinjong Raises $25,000 for Mudgee Charities

Peabody Energy’s Wilpinjong Mine and nine of its contractor companies helped raise over $25,000 for Mudgee charities at the 2012 Peabody Energy Black Nugget Cup. The Black Nugget Cup is an annual fundraising horse race which takes place in the Mudgee region of New South Wales, Australia. The mine presented donations to local organizations including Pioneer House to upgrade their aged care facility, Mudgee Ambulance to help buy resuscitation mannequins, and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse to establish a world-class cancer treatment facility.

Wilpinjong Helps PCYC Keep Cool

Peabody Energy’s Wilpinjong Mine donated and installed two new air conditioners to Mudgee Police and Community Youth Club's (PCYC) “Kids Care” after the PCYC’s unit died in the middle of the summer. Wilpinjong’s Environment and Community Manager, Kieren Bennetts said, “The PCYC runs some fantastic programs that give kids an opportunity to develop new skills.

Metropolitan Mine Surfing Fundraiser

In 2011, Peabody’s Metropolitan Mine surfing team achieved top honors at the Southern District Surfing Championship, with the purpose of raising funds to benefit a young apprentice who is recovering from severe injuries sustained in a motor bike accident. Metropolitan Mine’s team of more than 20 surfers remains undefeated since the annual contest began in 2006. Funds raised by Peabody’s employees previously have been used to purchase a resuscitation trolley for Wollongong Hospital to replace its 25-year-old machine.

Peabody Plants Partnerships in Australia

Singleton Public School students, near Peabody’s Wambo Mine, now better understand life science through the planting and watering of plants in an EnviroSmart program, an initiative funded by Peabody as a member of the New South Wales Minerals Council. The environmental project will help finance the school’s purchase of seasonal vegetable seeds and gardening equipment.

Recycled Materials from Wilpinjong Mine Create Secret Garden

Peabody’s Wilpinjong Mine donated dozens of olive trees, laundry tubs, old gates and other materials to transform a plot of land into a community garden for residents at Pioneer House, an aged-care home in Mudgee, New South Wales. Called the “Secret Garden,” the project provides elderly residents and their families with a serene outdoor oasis.

Metropolitan Mine Honored with Dual Awards

Peabody Energy’s Metropolitan Mine was honored by the New South Wales Minerals Council with a 2011 Environmental and Community Excellence Award for a first-of-its-kind initiative to recycle coal mine waste rock into abandoned underground mine workings. Peabody’s innovative approach to permanent storage for these products was also recognized with the organization’s People’s Choice Award. The initiative will deliver environmental and community benefits by significantly reducing the need to haul the material in trucks on local public roads and the need for storage in surface facilities.

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