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Sinosteel Midwest presents $40,000 to local community groups

9 August 2010

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation will officially launch its Resourcing the Region Sponsorship Program on Wednesday 11 August with the presentation of grants totalling $43,800 to Mid West community groups.

The launch will be held at 10:00am at the Ocean Centre Hotel in Geraldton and will involve the presentation of cheques to the inaugural Resourcing the Region Sponsorship recipients, including:

• Bundiyarra NAIDOC Committee
• Shire of Mt Magnet
• Kalbarri Golf Club
• Meekatharra Racing Club
• Geraldton Streetworks Aboriginal Corp
• Midwest Gascoyne Netball Region
• Meekawaya Aboriginal Kindergarten
• Bluff Point Primary School
• East Fremantle Football Club
• Geraldton Rovers Football Club
(2010 NAIDOC Gala Ball and Awards)
(WA Smarter than Smoking 2010 Netball Carnival)
(2010 Pro-Am Golf Classic)
(2010 Meekatharra Races)
(Youth Program)
(Junior Development Program)
(Educational resources and equipment)
(Passport Program)
(Indigenous Recruitment and Mentoring Program)
(Home Ground Naming Rights)

According to Sinosteel Midwest's Community and Indigenous Relations Manager Rowena Roberts the sponsorship program provides a framework to guide the company's investment into the community.

"Sinosteel Midwest has been active in the community for over five years, and has already invested more than $30 million in the Mid West region," Ms Roberts said.

"In 2009, our community support programmes directly benefited local organisations to the tune of over $200,000.

"Our new Resourcing the Region sponsorship program has been introduced to make it easier for members of the community to access the available funds, and ensure money is directed into our key areas of focus.

"Specifically, we're looking to support initiatives which strengthen the community, build the capacity of youth through education, conserve the natural environment or contribute to Indigenous interests," Ms Roberts said.

The company has piloted the Resourcing the Region Sponsorship Program over the past quarter, and grants to date include: a $30,000 donation to the Midwest Life Education Program; $5,000 to an Indigenous mentoring program through the Murchison Education Strategy in partnership with Crosslands and OPR; $15,000 to support the Rovers Football Club; and $1,500 to Foodbank Geraldton.

The Resourcing the Region Sponsorship Program is supplemented by a number of community development funds which Sinosteel Midwest has set up for local shires amounting to over $1 million.

"Our aim is to ensure current and future generations benefit from our involvement in the community through an integration of environmental protection, social advancement and economic prosperity," Sinosteel Midwest Chief Operating Officer Giulio Casello said. Sinosteel Midwest operations are based in the shires of Geraldton Greenough, Morawa, Perenjori, Cue, Meekathara and the Murchison. Other nearby communities include the Shires of Irwin Mingenew and Mt Magnet.

The next round of applications for the Resourcing the Region Sponsorship Program will close on the 31st of October. Details on how to apply can be found at or by contacting the Sinosteel Midwest office on 08 9920 9700.

Note to Editor/COS: Photo/video opportunities with sponsorship recipients can be arranged on request.


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About Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Limited

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation (Sinosteel Midwest) is developing iron ore and steel materials projects from one of the largest land holdings in the expanding Mid West resources region of WA. It has advanced production opportunities for iron ore at Koolanooka, Weld Range, Jack Hills and Robinson Range.

Sinosteel Corporation, one of China's biggest suppliers of raw materials to Chinese steel mills, purchased Midwest Corporation in 2008. It is committed to the responsible and sustainable development of Sinosteel Midwest's assets. Sinosteel Midwest possesses the capital, resources, technical skills and the people to play a major role in the development of the Mid West region, and is positioned to continue doing so actively now, notwithstanding the global financial crisis.

Sinosteel Midwest continues to actively develop and explore the potential of its deposits and the outlook for the Company is exciting.

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