Kalgoorlie Miner - - FRONT PAGE - Jason Men­nell

A Kal­go­or­lie-born boy who left school at 15 and har­bours some re­gret of his lim­ited ex­po­sure to ed­u­ca­tion was on Sun­day named City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Cit­i­zen of the Year.

Sports­man and en­tre­pre­neur Michael Wor­thing­ton re­turned to Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der from Perth on the week­end af­ter play­ing a piv­otal part in Eastern Gold­fields Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s suc­cess­ful bid to claim the A-sec­tion se­nior coun­try week tro­phy for the first time since 2004. The last time the as­so­ci­a­tion lifted the Boan Cup, Mr Wor­thing­ton was in the side as a bright-eyed 19-year-old. He is also a tal­ented foot­baller. But at the Aus­tralia Day an­nual awards cer­e­mony at Cen­ten­nial Park, it was not Mr Wor­thing­ton’s sport­ing prow­ess that saw him hon­oured with the day’s top gong.

In­stead, it was his abil­ity to pull the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity to­gether to re­fur­bish an un­der­ground bog­ger that in­jected a com­bined $600,000 into the Gold­fields-Esper­ance Com­mu­nity Trust and Min­ers Prom­ise.

Con­ceived al­most two years ago, the Min­ing Le­gends project was an­nounced in 2018 when Mr Wor­thing­ton’s com­pany launched the Wor­thy Parts In­dus­try Link Expo and Auc­tion to fill the void left by the col­lapse of a pre­vi­ous min­ing expo.

That led to the re­fur­bish­ment of a R2900G un­der­ground loader that saw about 80 com­pa­nies do­nat­ing parts and time to the project.

Do­nated by North­ern Star Re­sources, the re­fur­bished ma­chine was then sold to KCGM and the pro­ceeds given to char­ity.

Mr Wor­thing­ton yes­ter­day told the Kal­go­or­lie Miner the project was a way of bring­ing a some­times com­pet­i­tive busi­ness com­mu­nity to­gether.

“It’s all about con­nect­ing every­one up to­gether in a dif­fer­ent way,” he said.

“This project here put all of that aside for a com­mon goal — get around each other and do some­thing for the min­ing com­mu­nity where we’re not ac­tu­ally try­ing to com­pete for dol­lars and cents.

“Wor­thy Parts — we have al­ways tried to base our­selves as a bit of a plat­form that can con­nect every­one up.”

Mr Wor­thing­ton said he left school at 15 to take up an ap­pren­tice­ship as a fit­ter-ma­chin­ist “be­cause that’s what we do in Kal­go­or­lie”.

He then took some time out for

Pic­ture: Kelsey Reid

Michael Wor­thing­ton re­ceives his award.

New cit­i­zens Kavita Rani, Sourar Bish­noi, 7, Sur­jeet Bish­noi and Grourav Bish­noi, 7.

New cit­i­zens Ni­cholas Sharma and Sandyia Swamy.

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