by Felicity Ripper
MT RAWDON gold miners take pride in giving back to the community whenever they can.
When the announcement was made last week that their gold was used to make the 2018 Melbourne Cup trophy, they were overjoyed to be putting the Burnett region on the map.
But it's left locals wondering why our mine was chosen for such a feat.
Site manager Bernie Cleary believes it's not the quality of the refined gold that was the deciding factor, but the refined workers that make up Mt Rawdon gold mine.
"I think having our name behind the cup was aimed as a thank you gift to the Mt Rawdon community,” Mr Cleary said.
Last year the gold mine held a charity ball that raised $33, 000 for the prevention of suicide.
"We have great community involvement and our employees really take pride in supporting our community.”
This is the third year Evolution Mining has supplied the gold to make the Melbourne Cup trophy.
"Fingers crossed Mt Rawdon's gold is used again next year but we're happy to share the title around with Evolution's other mines.”