Alcoa volunteers lauded

Riding for the Disabled WA Mead Farm Coordinator Kristin Hosken (centre) with volunteers from Alcoa’s Huntly Mine.
Riding for the Disabled WA Mead Farm Coordinator Kristin Hosken (centre) with volunteers from Alcoa’s Huntly Mine.

ALCOA employees are donating thousands of volunteer hours helping more than 100 community and non-profit organisations across Australia as the company’s 10th worldwide Month of Service initiative continues.

Last week, 18 employees from Alcoa’s Huntly Mine joined local non-profit organisation Riding for the Disabled Association of WA at the Mead Homestead in Rockingham.

The volunteers spent the day helping RDAWA develop new horse riding trails.

They removed old fencing and non-native plants affecting the area, which in turn will make trails safer for horses and riders.

RDAWA Mead Farm co-ordinator Kristin Hosken said the Alcoa employees’ efforts were greatly appreciated.

Due to the size of the project, she said the organisation relied on groups like the Alcoa volunteers to complete the larger landscaping jobs

Mead Homestead, formally known as Lealholm, was primarily used for dairy farming in the late 1800s.

It is home to the area’s original settlement properties. The land remains under State Heritage and is leased to the RDAWA.

Upcoming activities for Alcoa employees scheduled in the region include landscaping at Naragebup Rockingham Environment Centre and a busy bee at Gracehaven Aged Care Facility.