25 February 2015

Community contribution – key facts

As the single largest employer in the Gunnedah Basin, Whitehaven makes a significant contribution to the local community.

Here are a few key facts and figures on our community contribution.

  • Whitehaven employed 761 people as at 31 December 2014 – with 74% living in the region surrounding our operating mines
  • The wages paid to our employees in the region were over $65m in the half year to 31 December 2014 – money spent in the local economy.
  • Recruitment at Maules Creek is progressively increasing (150 new employees at 31 December 2014, increasing to 450 people when at full capacity).
  • We are focusing on widening the diversity of the workforce and are hiring more women and Aboriginal employees as part of the Maules Creek project. We are exceeding our 10% employment target for the local Aboriginal community.
  • Our increased engagement with the local Aboriginal community includes working with Reconciliation Australia on the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan.

More details on our recruitment opportunities are available here:


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