Rent-a-Farm program gets industry recognition

Newcrest Mining's Cadia Valley Operations has been short listed for the coveted NSW mining industry's 2011 Environment and Community Excellence Award.

The nomination recognises the role Newcrest played in helping establish and maintain the hugely successful Errowanbang Rent-a-Farmhouse scheme.

Commencing in 2009, the scheme aimed to help boost enrolments at Errowanbang Public School and attract more residents to the village.

The program was successful and student numbers at the school more than doubled, from 13 to 39.

It also allowed empowered the Errowanbang community to build on its social capital and enhance its public infrastructure by bringing new families to the town.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Dr Nikki Williams celebrated the calibre of finalists in the program, but added that they were just the tip of the iceberg.

"The NSW minerals industry is jam-packed with talented and creative people who are brilliant at thinking outside the square," said Dr Williams.

"These awards are a testament to the hard working men and women right across the NSW mining sector, who can be proud of their contributions."

The award winners will be announced at a gala event in Wollongong next week.