Kookaburras fly in to join working bee
■ More than 120 volunteers came together in Roebourne last month to lend a helping hand at Fortescue Metals Group’s fourth annual working bee at Roebourne District High School.
Fortescue employees and their families were joined by volunteers from Thiess, Wirlu Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, teachers, parents and prisoners on supervised release from Roebourne Regional Prison.
Four members of Australia’s world champion men’s hockey team the Kookaburras — Tim Deavin, Flynn Ogilvie, Nick Budgeon and Glenn Simpson — also pitched in to help make improvements around the school, swapping their hockey sticks for shovels, paint brushes and landscaping equipment.
The team worked together to revitalise the school grounds and build an inviting outdoor classroom.
A communal fire pit was also installed for traditional Aboriginal cooking and to promote Aboriginal culture and storytelling.
Kookaburras player Deavin said being able to make a difference to remote and regional communities was just as rewarding as representing his country at major events on the hockey field.
“It’s been great to work with Fortescue at the Roebourne working bee for a third year,” he said.
“The day was extremely well organised and everyone pulled together to make a real difference for the students of the high school.”
Fortescue chief executive Nev Power said the annual working bee was a great example of Fortescue’s ongoing commitment to the Roebourne community.
“At Fortescue we’ve always believed that we can make a real difference to local communities through our actions,” he said.
“Our annual working bee is a wonderful team bonding exercise and it shows the students and Roebourne community what can be achieved through teamwork and determination.”
Fortescue has a presence in Roebourne through its Vocational, Training and Employment Centre at the Pilbara Institute’s Minurmarghali Mia campus, which provides local Aboriginal people with training for a guaranteed job at the miner’s operations.
The 2015 working bee was made possible by donations from Blackwoods, Coates Hire, Hanson Concrete, Hertz Karratha, Holcim Australia, Mobile Concreting Solutions, Northwest Sand and Gravel, Rio Tinto, Signswest, Toxfree and Woksense.
Kookaburras Nick Budgeon and Flynn Ogilvie and sponsorship manager Shane Tonkin give the outdoor area a fresh coat of paint.