There’s been lots of activity on all fronts in recent months with two site tours for local politicians and media, an exciting sponsorship and some fundraising efforts by the dedicated Bacchus Marsh team who enjoyed coming together for a shared meal.
In December, Calix commenced an engagement program with the local Bacchus Marsh (BM) community to showcase Calix’s achievements and future plans.
The aim was to reach out to local councillors, some of whom were newly elected in November, shire council executives, state and federal government members and local media to make them aware of the innovative technology and products being developed at the Maddingly facility and show that Calix is an important employer in the municipality.
<= Cr Berry, Vincent Nguyen and Cr Dudzik during the December tour of the Bacchus Marsh plant.
Along with many other significant facts, we were pretty confident that many would not know that Calix is a member of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
The first site tour on 14 December saw Moorabool Councillors Tonia Dudzik and Moira Berry (new), along with representatives from The Moorabool News and Moorabool Online, walk around the plant and take in an ACTI-Mag demonstration and presentation by Operations Manager, Vincent Nguyen.
Attending the second site tour on 27 January were Cr Rodney Ward (new), Steve McGhie MLA (State Member for Melton), Andy Waugh (Moorabool Council-Coordinator Economic Development & Activation), Justin Horne (Moorabool Council-Manager Environment & Waste Education), Sarah Kernohan (Moorabool Council-Coordinator Strategic Planning) and the Melton-Moorabool Star Weekly.
Another initiative to support the local community is Calix’s sponsorship of the Bacchus Marsh Senior Women’s AFL football team, the Cobras. This partnership aligns with one of Calix’s three core values – Positive Impact. While Calix has reached out across the globe with operations on four continents, it is proud of its roots and wants to continue to support the communities in which it operates.
“It is a privilege to support the women’s football team,” said Vincent Nguyen, “as Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender equality (SDG5) – achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is also a big part of our sustainability agenda.”
Finally, over the recent months, the BM team has managed some funds for WaterAid to help raise awareness for clean water and sanitation.
Comments from tour participants included:
“It was very insightful and opened my eyes to the types of work happening in my town. Calix has a very clear message and the intellect to match – I look forward to following their work going forward.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the innovation at Calix. Always considering environmental sustainability globally is a great achievement whilst employing locals wherever possible. A good news story for Bacchus Marsh and well done to the team at Calix.”
The team enjoys a lovely meal as part of International Food Month, which helped raise $460 towards WaterAid.
Vincent Nguyen, General Manager Operations during the site tour.