Cracow Gold Operations
Aeris Resources introduction to Cracow
Aeris Resources introducing themselves to Banana Shire Council during the early stages of the July handover.
IMAGE: Cracow Operations general manager John Miller, along with Aeris Resources executive chairman, Andre Labuschagne, and chief operation officer Ian Sheppard (right), met with Banana Shire Council deputy mayor Colin Semple, Division 6 councillor Terri Boyce, chief executive officer Tom Upton, and mayor Nev Ferrier.
Aeris Resources was delighted to join the community of Banana Shire in July after its acquisition of the Cracow Gold Operations in July 2020.
The town of Cracow has a 150-year history of gold mining and Aeris is proud to be a part of the latest chapter of its long history. Aeris is committed to the longevity of Cracow and, as such, will be investing $25 million into exploration efforts in 2021-2022 to extend the life of the operations.
Aeris is a passionate believer in employing locally and has actively filled roles from regional Queensland – specifically within Banana Shire where possible – and has already established an apprenticeship program in place for five local apprentices in 2021.
The Cracow Gold Operations also has a long history of supporting the community through donations, sponsorship and community programs such as STEM Day and Trade Challenge at Theodore State School, and Meals on Wheels. Aeris will continue these great community services.
Theodore Bowls Club
The Theodore Bowls Club is a pillar of the Theodore community, but its kitchen was in sore need of an upgrade. Aeris has partnered with local businesses to sponsor renovations to the kitchen including fridges, sinks, a 900mm stove and rangehood, stainless-steel benches, a portable food preparation bench and all necessary plumbing.
Once operational, the kitchen will allow the bowls committee to draw bigger crowds into the club, and give the local community, businesses and organisations the opportunity to host events – as well as opening up the Club to the entire community for a cold drink and something to eat on a hot Sunday afternoon.
IMAGE: A repurposed drill fluid container protecting a native tree from local wildlife.
A new initiative between the Cracow Environment Department and our drilling contractor DDH1 repurposes drill containers as tree guards for rehabilitation purposes. This has been championed by Environmental Technician Coby Seaborn who brings extensive experience in pest and weed management from his time at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Rockhampton.
The initiative has proven effective to protect saplings against wildlife, while saving drill containers from landfill and minimising costs associated with buying tree guards.
Theodore Public School
The Cracow team is proud to continue its ongoing involvement with the Theodore State School through assistance with the STEM program, trade information, hosting students for site visits and the annual P&C motorbike trail ride.
Cracow provided five team members for the STEM day and trade challenge to assist with real life applications of STEM and trade subjects. We look forward to hosting the students again this year for a site visit to showcase the varied prospective careers available in STEM and Trade.
This year, the high school students looked to mark the transition from Primary School, by designing and voting on a new school shirt. To mark the occasion, we provided a new school shirt to every high school student.
RSL ANZAC Day Service
Like many other events, the 2020 ANZAC day ceremony was impacted by COVID-19. While the RSL was unable to host it’s usual dawn and morning services, we were afforded the chance to attend the cenotaph throughout the day as individuals or household family groups, ensuring no crowds gathered and social distancing was maintained.
It is always a sombre occasion and this year has given us all much more to think about, to be thankful for, and to appreciate the sacrifices made by others to keep us safe. Cracow has been supporting the RSL sub-branch and the ANZAC Day services annually for many years and we look forward to supporting this important community event well into the future.
Meals on Wheels
For more than 7 years, the Cracow team has been providing Meals on Wheels for elderly residents in Cracow. This invaluable service not only provides nutritious meals, it is also a great way to check on and to keep in touch with people living alone and with minimal assistance.
Our team delivers meals three times a week to our elderly residents, and will continue this valuable community service for many years to come.