A STRONG supporter of the Bowen Community Technology Centre (CTC) was farewelled on Monday.
Cadia Valley Operations general manager Tony McPaul is retiring from the post after eight years of supporting the CTC.
CTC manager Paula Townsend said the mine's support was significant.
“If we didn’t have their support, we wouldn’t be open because we don’t fit into a lot of the other criteria for funding,” Mrs Townsend said.
“With the facilities available, there are more children doing homework.”
Mr McPaul said his involvement with the CTC had been worthwhile.
“We donate money to different organisations and this one ticked all of the boxes for us,” he said.
“It’s targeting disadvantaged kids, giving them opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.”
Mr McPaul said he hoped the centre would help future generations.
“If you can target the kids and change their behaviours, you can change generations to come.”