Humble leader honored
Tuesday, 27th January, 2015
By Emily Roberts
“Don’t get ahead of yourself, son”: That is the advice that Vince Gauci has lived by and no-one would argue that it has taken him a very long way indeed.
Mr Gauci was awarded Local Citizen of the Year at yesterday’s Australia Day ceremony.
He was born and raised in the city, and while he no longer lives here he still does so much for his home town.
Mr Gauci has been Chairman of the Broken Hill Community Foundation almost since its inception more than 14 years ago and is the driving force behind the organisation.
He comes back home at least four times a year especially to conduct Community Foundation business.
Since being elected Chairman in 2000, he has been instrumental in attracting almost $1 million in capital donations from mining industry by using the contacts he has established during an illustrious career.
A highly respected member of the mining and corporate community, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Mining Industry in 2003 and in 2009 won the Legend of the Mining Industry Award.
He was also Managing Director of MIM Limited and has held roles on the boards of companies such as Runge Ltd as Chairman, Coates Hire and Liontown Resources Ltd. Now he is a Non Executive Director of Newcrest Mining Ltd.
“I would like to thank Broken Hill for this honour,” he said yesterday at the ceremony.
“It came as a complete surprise. I spoke with my fellow nominees and they felt likewise.
“I would like to thank Karren Howe for nominating me and congratulate all the other nominees.”
Mr Gauci said it was great to see so many people giving something back to their city.
“Whenever I come back to Broken Hill and see so many people working for the community, it says a lot,” he said.
“It’s so good to see so many people working for the community. It bodes well for the future.
“Broken Hill has provided great opportunities and as an individual I wanted to repay it in some way.
“I started in a humble working class family and I would never have imagined I would achieve the success I have.
“Some mottoes I live by are ‘don’t get ahead of yourself, son’, ‘keep your feet firmly on the ground’, and ‘treat people with great respect’.
“I’ve endeavoured to use those principles in my working life.”
Mr Gauci said he didn’t set out with the thought of one day putting something back into Broken Hill, but now felt it was necessary.
“When I left Broken Hill, I didn’t really have any particular intentions of doing anything special for the community,” he said.
“But coming from a career in mining, I wondered how you could look after the community after the ore body ran out.
“There is no use in waiting. When the idea was floated for the Community Foundation I thought it was a great way to be involved.
“I don’t think I could ever repay the contribution received from the community.”
Mayor Wincen Cuy said Mr Gauci had given so much to the city where he received his start and went on to become one of Australia’s most respected mining managers.
“Broken Hill has exported an amazing amount of talent - great contributors to corporate Australia - and Vince Gauci is one of those people born and bred in this great city who went on to be a significant leader in Australia’s mining industry.
“He is man who has never forgotten his start to a wonderfully successful corporate career, giving back so generously to our city through the establishment of the Broken Hill Community Foundation,” Mayor Cuy said.
“While Vince now lives away, his heart is very much in the Hill and he is passionate about seeing this city survive and thrive.”