Alkane Resources ‘ Tomingley Gold Mine and its contractors got together to raise the money for the bus which was officially presented on Thursday, 19 December at Narromine Oval – just in time for Christmas.
Simon Parsons, General Manager Operations, says as the Tomingley Gold Mine is a significant employer in the Narromine Shire it was important to support its local community and ensure youth do not miss out on playing the sport they love because they have no transport.
“Sport brings people together, not just the players themselves but their supporters, friends and family and all who helped make this happen are thrilled to give back to the local community,” said Simon.
“Sporting clubs in small rural towns are the heart and soul of these small communities – and survive on the financial support that is provided by the local business community. The current economic pressures in the bush are also making it difficult for many small sporting groups to survive.
“It was, therefore, a great pleasure to hand over the keys to Narromine Jets Rugby League Club today.”
“We are most grateful to all those who made this happen and really appreciated the support of local business for the sport we love,” said Archie Harding, President, of the Narromine Jets Rugby League Club.
“So many players now can benefit from getting to games and opening up many opportunities for personal and sporting development. In the extremely tough times of the drought that we are experiencing, socialising and being involved in sport is so important for maintaining mental health”
Tomingley Gold Mine donated $1,000 and encouraged their contractors to also donate $1,000 each raising $12,000. The contractors were: Aquawest, Hardy Mining, JLE Electrical, EMECO, Sullivans Mining & Hardware, SNF Australia, LKA Staffing Solutions, Jennmar, Dubbo Powerhouse, Tega Industries and Revegetation and Erosion Control Services. Coates Hire were also involved by providing signage for the bus.
The Tomingley Gold Mine has also provided the Narromine Jets Junior Rugby League Club $6,000 to help pay for the Club’s jerseys. The Club has approximately 220 registered players and fields teams in the under 6 to under 16 in the regional rugby league competition.