Kook­abur­ras fly in to join work­ing bee

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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.

Pic­ture: FMG

Kook­abur­ras Nick Bud­geon and Flynn Ogilvie and spon­sor­ship man­ager Shane Tonkin give the out­door area a fresh coat of paint.

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