Yancoal is committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate, providing employment and training opportunities and relying on local contractors and service providers to assist each operation.
As part of our role within the community, each Yancoal operation also invests financially into local community health, education and sporting programs and initiatives, helping make a positive contribution to the surrounding regions.
Through its robust Community Support Initiative, Yancoal invested more than $417,000 into community-based initiatives during 2015 and more than $564,000 in 2014.
The Company also takes its responsibility for engaging transparently and cooperatively with its local stakeholders very seriously, relying upon community consultative committees, community reference groups, newsletters, local media, community days and site-specific websites to keep the community informed.
Each mine has actively implemented and continues to update its sustainability plans and practices (including the rehabilitation of all sites) as an intrinsic part of its operations.
Yancoal is committed to operating its mines to the highest environmental standards in accordance with all legislative requirements.
The Company is obliged to report any environmental incidents to the respective authorities in each state, and Yancoal continues to work with the various government departments to ensure full transparency in its environmental reporting.
During 2014, our operations in New South Wales complied with the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act 2002 (NSW) and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW), our operations in Queensland complied with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (QLD) and Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (QLD) and our operations in West Australia complied with the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (WA) and Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA).