​Maintaining a relationship with the community

Bulga Coal values the relationship we have with the community and makes concerted efforts to maintain that relationship.  Our approach is to:

  • Be open about our activities;
  • Respond to community concerns  and complaints in a timely and professional manner;
  • Maintain a dialogue with the community; and
  • Support community events and activities.

Maintaining a dialogue with the community

Bulga Coal maintains a dialogue with the community through the community barbeque program, community newsletters and personal meetings.  The community barbeque program was developed to provide opportunity for the community to meet staff from our underground and open cut operations in an informal setting and for us to provide an update of our mining operations as well as answer any questions the community may have.  The community barbeques also provide a social opportunity for community members. 

Community Investment

Glencore is committed to delivering positive and lasting social and economic benefits in the regions where we operate.
We support a comprehensive Community Investment program, supporting a range of organisations delivering services and initiatives in key investment areas of:

    • Health
    • Environment
    • Capacity building, including education/training, enterprise development and economic diversity
      Additional needs identified in community planning at a local or regional level.

Glencore's community partnerships include:

    • John Hunter Hospital Neonatal Unit
    • John Hunter Trauma Unit
    • Hunter Local Land Services
    • Star Struck
    • Humpty Dumpty Foundation
    • Rescue Helicopter Services
    • Clontarf Foundation - Singleton High School
    • Guluwa Scholarships
    • Queensland Sea Rangers Program
    • Mudgee Links Program
    • Mudgee 4 Doctors program

Bulga Coal supports a number of projects, events and organisations in the local community including the Broke Fordwich Wine and Tourism Association, Broke and Milbrodale Public Schools, Broke Village Fair, Bulga Progress Association, Broke Bulga Landcare, Singleton Junior Cattle Judging and the Branxton Campdraft.

Broke Fordwich history

A history capturing the essence of life in Broke Fordwich, the characters, their spirit and the changing landscapes has been researched and written by professional historians in consultation with the local community.  From Brook to Broke: A history of Broke Fordwich is complete and available for sale through the Singleton Visitor Information Centre.  For more information about the book, contact the Community Relations Officer on 6570 2976 or email teegan.hayward@glencore.com.au  

Our Villages, Our Vision Project

In 2011 Bulga Coal commissioned an independent community visioning project with the villages of Bulga, Milbrodale and Broke. The objectives of the visioning project were to:  

  • bring together community views for the future of the villages and create momentum to realise a shared community vision;
  • develop the project to support community development and future planning; and,
  • coordinate with Singleton Council's Community Strategic Plan and other regional planning efforts 

Bulga Coal has used some of the findings of the visioning project and the Social Impact Assessment (undertaken for the Bulga Optimisation Project) to inform our consultation with Singleton Council on the Voluntary Planning Agreement contribution should the Bulga Optimisation Project be approved. Click here to download the document, Our Villages, Our Vision.

Broke Village Fair and Vintage Car Display

The Bulga Complex is the major sponsor of the Broke Fair, a community based fair which attracts thousands of visitors from the Hunter Valley every year. 

Broke public school

The Bulga Complex is proud to support initiatives associated with educating our children.   Our contributions include a soft fall play area, school shirts for every student and the Language Development Partnership and Teachers Aide. 

Broke P&C association

It's the little things that make a difference.  Our support includes funding for blue light discos and swimming lessons.

Community consultative committee

A combined Community Consultative Committee (CCC) operates for Bulga Underground Operations and Bulga Coal Surface Operations.  For more information on our CCC meetings, click here.

The purpose of the CCC is to provide a forum for open discussion between Bulga Underground and Bulga Coal representatives, the community, the Council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the mine's operations and environmental performance, and to keep the community informed on these matters.