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
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.