The first of more than forty hand-sanitisers, mounted in bollards, to be installed at parks and sportsgrounds around Orange are now being used by children at Jack Brabham sportsground.
The new equipment, donated by Newcrest Mining will be installed at locations around Orange in the coming weeks.
Newcrest Mining has provided 100 hand sanitiser bollards for sporting and outdoor recreational areas across Blayney, Cabonne and Orange regions.
The donation, worth more than $60,000, is part of Newcrest’s $20M Community Support Fund which has been established to assist their local communities cope with the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The heavy-duty foot activated dispensers are currently being installed at entry points to playgrounds and sporting venues in preparation for the return of team sports in mid July.
Newcrest’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, who was in Orange to hand over the hand sanitiser bollards, said the hand hygiene initiative is just one of the ways that Newcrest is assisting the community in the economic and social recovery from COVID-19.
“This initiative is a simple way that we can assist in providing greater hand hygiene in public places, create safer community places for all users and increase public awareness to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at sporting and outdoor recreational areas,” Sandeep Biswas said.
“The roll out of the bollards has been made possible thanks to our ongoing partnership with the local councils, which will provide the general repairs, maintenance and refilling of the bollards as part of the general maintenance of the sporting areas.”
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd welcomed the donation from Newcrest.
“Newcrest Mining are good corporate citizens for the communities of the central west,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “Whether it’s a small donation to a community group or a project like this which will help families using a sportsground to stay safe, Newcrest are willing to help out.”
“Every member of the community has to play their part in keeping this pandemic at bay. These bollards will be an important reminder of the clean-hands message as well as meeting the practical need for a convenient source of sanitiser.”