Premier Coal is committed to being a valued and welcomed member of the Collie and South West community. In addition to providing economic value through royalties, taxes, employment and local business spend, Premier Coal supports a wide range of community activities and maintains a high-level of community engagement.
ROYALTIES AND TAXES
In 2016, Premier Coal delivered $9.5 million in royalties to the State along with $3.6 million in payroll taxes.
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
During 2016, Premier Coal paid more than $70 million in wages and other employee costs. With more than 90% of Premier Coal's 400 employees living within a 70km radius of its operation and more than 70% living in the Shire of Collie, the majority of that money stayed locally.
LOCAL BUSINESS SPEND
Premier Coal spent more than $30 million with businesses within a 70km radius of its operations in 2016 and $10 million of that with Collie-based businesses.
During 2016, more than $100,000 was contributed to the Collie Coal Miners’ Welfare Board and another $100,000 was provided for a range of community activities and groups.
In 2017, Premier Coal moved to a more structured approach to community support that involved major partnerships and a biannual Community Support Program.
MAJOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
- The Smith Family ($25,000 per annum) – A not-for-profit organisation that provides educational support to disadvantaged youth to help them succeed at school. Premier Coal supports the Learning for Life Program in Collie.
- The Leschenault Catchment Council ($25,000 per annum) – An independent, not-for-profit organisation committed to sustainable environmental conservation across the Leschenault catchment. Premier Coal supports a project focused on the South Branch of the Collie River.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Premier Coal Community Support Program offers one-off cash grants of up to $5,000 as well as in-kind support through the provision of materials and labour to not-for-profit groups and activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the local community. Applications are considered twice a year by a committee of community and workforce representatives. Click here for more information.
Premier Coal engages regularly with the community and its stakeholders, allowing the miner to understand and build local aspirations and concerns into its planning processes as well as share information about its operations.
Premier Coal is an active member of the following organisations:
Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance
Collie Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber of Minerals and Energy
Industry Road Safety Alliance – South West
Motoring Southwest (Collie Motorplex)
Local Emergency Management Action Committee
Collie Weeds and Waterways Advisory Committee