Cadia staff have pitched in to help Orange's new Housing Plus domestic violence crisis centre, The Orchard.
About 30 Cadia employees volunteered to overhaul a section of the centre, creating a garden featuring an Indigenous yarning circle and raised vegetable garden.
Cadia engaged with the Orange Aboriginal Land Council to design the Indigenous garden and yarning circle.
The yarning circle is incorporated into the body of a platypus, with three paths representing the three rivers which forms Wiradjuri Country.
Cadia General Manager, Aaron Brannigan said the garden would be a valuable asset for people at The Orchard.
"We are really proud to continue our ongoing support of The Orchard, and we hope the garden, our workforce has created, will provide a positive and peaceful space for clients at the facility," he said.
"Our team are extremely passionate about helping the community and collectively spent over 166 hours on bringing this project to life," he said.
Housing Plus Head of Community Services, Penny Dordoy, said the Cadia team had developed a garden that "brings The Orchard to life and will delight our clients.
"We are so thrilled to be able to welcome clients and show them the garden that they can use, learn from, play in and enjoy. We can't thank all the volunteers and organisers from Cadia enough for their time, effort and passion for the project," she said.
A planting day is planned for later this year when the Cadia team will return to plant more trees and shrubs along with Indigenous plants in the head and tail of the platypus.
In 2017, Cadia provided a $75,000 donation towards the fundraising efforts for The Orchard, and last year, when Housing Plus had to cancel the White Tie Ball due to COVID-19 restrictions, Newcrest provided a further $75,000 to ensure the crisis centre could be completed and open.
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