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Above: Artwork created by Claudia Moodoonuthi, a student with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, a Leighton Contractors community partner.


As a diverse and growing organisation with over 12,000 people, we are strongly committed to enhancing people’s lives. This is embedded in our values, and through our Community Investment program we activate our support. From our national community partners to the local community initiatives identified by our people across Australia and New Zealand, we aim to focus our support on building capacity and creating sustainable longterm benefits. To ensure our efforts create the greatest impact and enrich the communities in which we work, we channel our support into the target areas of Disadvantaged Youth, Indigenous and the Environment. We provide both financial and non-financial support - providing cash, our people’s time and skills, and leveraging our networks for the good of the community.

Above: 2012 Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney: Leighton Conquerers team (Peter Hicks, Craig Laslett, Mark Chilcote and Jane Sherlock).

We constantly strive for ways to ensure our support is relevant and impactful. In 2012, we delivered many positive impacts to our community partners’ programs, their beneficiaries and the communities where we operate. Our support included helping young people make positive change in their lives through education and career opportunities, supporting scientists collect essential data on our environment, launching our Community Giving program and expanding our Leighton Contractors Youth Drive Safe Initiative to the Northern Territory.

Community Investment Overview 2012 Highlights



  Launched our Community

  Further embedding our community

  Increasing participation in our

Giving program

  Launched employee nominated community funding iniatives in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA

  Youth Drive Safe Initiative expanded to Northern Territory

  Introduction of ClimateWatch workshops with Earthwatch in NSW, QLD and WA

  Development of a career transition program for our NZ partner Foundation for Youth Development (FYD)

  Positive increases in all community related questions in 2012 Your Say survey

support into our key support and geographical areas

  Identifying more opportunities to integrate Indigenous and disadvantaged youth into our business

  Further raising awareness and involving more of our people across the organisation in our three key areas of Disadvantaged Youth, Indigenous and Environment

Community Giving program

  Developing a framework of engagement for Indigenous and disadvantaged youth

  Identifying and expanding volunteering opportunities with our partners

  Improving our capacity to better measure the success of our Community Investment program as part of the London Benchmarking Group

Fast facts Invested over $2.1 million in our communities 

770 of our people provided over 14,000 hours volunteering Supported over 80 community partner programs Reached over 6,800 disadvantaged young and Indigenous people 2,000 students attended road safety presentations in NT and QLD

Above: Community Giving launch Sydney. Below: Community Giving launch Kununurra.

370 young drivers in NT and QLD received 1,800 hours of driving instruction

2012 contributions breakdown

Community Giving program kicks off Our Community Giving program allows our employees to make donations to charities direct from their pay. The program was launched in July 2012 to help us build stronger links between our business, our people and the community and enable our people to regularly donate to charities through direct payroll deductions.

65% Community Sponsorship 24% Donations 6% Staff Fundraising 5% In-Kind (e.g. time/expertise)

Over 48 launch events were held across the country - from Kununurra to Kempsey Leighton Contractors also committed to financially support the program, contributing up to $50,000. The Community Giving program processed over 930 donations to our charity partners, contributing $76,865 to these worthwhile causes.

DisadvantageD Youth


Leighton Contractors provides students with real opportunities In 2012, the Services Division’s People & Capability team and the Infrastructure Services Business Unit joined forces with the Beacon Foundation, one of our Community Investment partners, to design a program that would support disadvantaged young people transition into the workplace. As a result of this initiative, four students from James Meehan High School and one student from Matraville High School in New South Wales have commenced a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship and are participating in an ongoing mentoring program. Four more students joined the Services Division in December 2012. Through this initiative Leighton Contractors has been recognised for its strong commitment to providing meaningful community opportunities. Cristina Hawkins from the Leighton Contractors People and Capability function said: “It is the dedication and commitment of the students that make this program successful. For some of these students, they will be the first in their family to finish high school.”

Above and below: Career Navigator launch.

“I tell people how luck y as a school we are to have a compan y like Leightons who has this interest in making a difference to the lives of students, especially mine from low socio economic backgrounds. I just say this is the answer, I wish more people could do the same sort of thing – they are an incredible compan y”. Gayle Taylor, Principal James Meehan High School

Together, growing great Kiwi kids Leighton Contractors is in its second year of partnership with Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) focusing on the community of Manurewa. This partnership serves to build a better future for New Zealand’s young people by improving their education, health and wellbeing. In 2012 our people have been instrumental in the development and trial of Career Navigator at Manurewa High School where almost 1,000 senior students participated. Marion Short, FYD CEO says, “With Leighton Contractors’ financial support and guidance we have grown our existing programmes in Manurewa and trialled Career Navigator at Manurewa High School. FYD now reaches nearly 6,000 young people in Manurewa. This is something that both Leighton Contractors and FYD can be very proud of.” Above: Beacon Foundation 2012 school based apprentices from James Meehan High school.


DisadvantageD Youth

Youth Drive Safe Initiative expands to Northern Territory In 2012 Leighton Contractors expanded its award-winning road safety education and training program, the Leighton Contractors Youth Drive Safe Initiative, from Queensland into the Northern Territory. More than 350 school-based learner drivers at 17 secondary schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory received five hours of free professional driving instruction delivered via a unique ‘5 Lesson Plan’ that places emphasis not only on practical skills but also safe attitudes to driving. For the first time nearly 60 students from two Northern Territory schools, Kormilda College and Palmerston Senior College, were offered free driving lessons. Since its launch in 2008, more than 15,000 students have attended the initiative’s road safety education presentations with more than 12,800 hours of professional driving tuition offered to over 2,500 students.

Above: Mrs Liz Cunningham MP, Member for Gladstone with Gladstone State High School students participating in the initiative during 2012.


Providing mentoring to young Indigenous students The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) was established to empower Indigenous children to build brighter futures for themselves and for the nation. Leighton Contractors is a proud partner of AIEF and is actively involved in the AIEF Pathways Program, providing volunteer mentors to Indigenous students at five AIEF partner schools across Sydney and Brisbane. Phil Symons, Northern Infrastructure’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, has taken time out of his busy schedule to mentor Tyrone, a Year 10 student at St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane. Phil and his student met in May of 2012 and since meeting, they’ve been building a rapport and getting to know each other’s interests, as well as discussing the student’s career goals and dreams for the future. Left: Phil Symons mentors Tyrone, a Year 10 student at St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane.



Understanding the threats to our marine ecosystem In early 2012, 40 volunteers across Leighton Contractors in Perth welcomed the opportunity to assist in a survey directed towards helping scientists understand key threats to the marine ecosystem surrounding Rottnest Island. This event marked the Western Australian launch of our environment partner Earthwatch Institute “Scientist for a Day” program (SFAD). Teams were tasked to help scientists determine the impacts of marine debris on Rottnest’s marine ecosystem. Marine debris is an immense global threat to biodiversity and is rapidly intensifying as the volume of refuse released into marine systems grows exponentially. As Andrea Francis, Communications Administration Assistant commented: “My Rottnest Scientist for a Day experience was both rewarding and great fun. Taking part in the research has really boosted my environmental understanding and awareness.”

“Our partnership with Leighton Contractors is a real-life working example of the Earthwatch mission in action. Teams from across the organisation participate in targeted Earthwatch programs (Scientist for a Day, ClimateWatch and Green Champions) and have developed a stronger understanding of sustainability issues within the compan y, as well as contributing to the generation of important new scientific knowledge.” Caroline Bayer, Head of Development, Earthwatch Institute

Above: Scientist for a Day “Marine Debris” Rottnest Island participants.

Impacting the environment and our business As part of our Earthwatch partnership we commit to an intensive learning program to advance awareness and educate on environmental issues. Our second Green Champions program was held at Lord Howe Island in 2012. The week-long program immersed a selection of our people to work alongside CSIRO scientists and Earthwatch staff on significant environmental issues pertinent to Lord Howe while also addressing key environmental management issues in our business.

Above: 2012 participants; Peter Kearns, Leading Hand, Kempsey Bypass/ Infrastructure NSW, Trudi Magill, Superintendant/Infrastructure VIC, Chris Dimitrijevic, Project Development Man››ager, Visionstream, VIC, Col Wheildon, Mining Superintendant Duralie WA, Craig Tucker, Group Environment Manager.

The attendees focused on developing practical solutions required to minimise our environmental risk. These recommendations have been considered in the development of the Group Environment Strategy and Plan for 2013.


Kari’s Tour de Freedom reaches new goals

State based support stories

Below: Opening of Hills School, in Sensory Garden November 2012 with Glen Mace, General Manager, Eastern Infrastructure.

Leighton Contractors was the major sponsor of the 2012 Kari’s Tour de Freedom 1000. The WA charity started by the late Kari Rummukainen, founder of our construction subsidiary Broad, is dedicated to helping families and teenagers struggling with substance abuse. The 2012 bike ride saw 40 cyclists tackle the tough course between Esperance and Perth. Cyclists endured a gruelling 1,000 kilometres over six days. Ten Leighton Contractors employees participated in the cycling event, which raised a staggering $420,000 for community drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, Teen Challenge. The funds raised will enable the fit out of a new training facility in Perth, allowing Teen Challenge to continue to provide services at a minimal cost to participants. Below: 2012 Kari’s Tour de Freedom participants.

New state funding creates some great local outcomes In 2012 our people had the opportunity to submit applications to support local community initiatives within our key areas of focus: Disadvantaged Youth, Indigenous and the Environment. It provides a great opportunity to showcase our business, lend our skills and provide long lasting benefits to our communities. Over 40 applications were received from around the country with 10 funded and implemented to date. One of the projects funded was the Hills School at Northmead NSW, a special education centre providing educational programs for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The project to construct an interactive urban sensory garden in which students are encouraged to engage with the urban landscape around them in a safe and fun environment. The sensory garden includes a trail with several ‘stops’ students can use as play points and teachers to conduct small informal teaching sessions. Each stop is unique and uses a variety of different materials, sights, sounds and smells. Work on the sensory garden was completed during the September school holidays and the opening of the garden was celebrated with teachers, students, parents, representatives of partner organisations and local dignitaries.

Below: Dripstone Academy students taking part in a workplace visit to Leighton Contractors, Darwin.

Our Community Partners Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF)* Empowering Indigenous children in financial need to build a future through quality education and careers. Beacon Foundation* Helping disadvantaged young people stay at school to finish Year 12, go on to further education and find employment.

Fred Hollows Foundation** Providing effective Indigenous eye health programs and practices. Oxfam** Provides Indigenous people with the skills and resources to improve health andwellbeing and realise their potential. Red Cross** Supporting people in need, providing relief and crisis care for the most vulnerable.

Clontarf Foundation* Improves the education, discipline, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men, enabling them to better participate in society.

The Salvation Army** Providing care and social services to people in need.

Earthwatch Institute* Bringing people and science together to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Touched By Olivia Foundation* Improving the health and happiness of children by building playgrounds for children of all abilities to play side by side.

Foundation for Youth Development (FYD)* Maximising and developing New Zealand’s young people.

WWF** Programs and campaigns to conserve biodiversity (land, climate, water, threatened species). * LCPL Community Investment partner. ** Community Giving employee selected charity.

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Community Investment Annual Report 2012  

Leighton Contractors Community Investment Annual Report 2012

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