Alkane Resources's Tomingley Gold Operations (TGO) has rallied the troops to ensure young footballers in Narromine can play the game they love.
The mine and 11 contractors put in $1000 each to pay for a bus for the Narromine Jets Rugby League Club.
The keys were handed over at Narromine Oval where TGO general manager operations, Simon Parsons, said the mine was a significant employer in the Narromine Shire.
It was important to support the community and ensure youth did not miss out on playing the sport they loved because they had no transport, he said.
"Sport brings people together, not just the players themselves but their supporters, friends and family and all who helped make this happen are thrilled to give back to the local community," Mr Parsons said.
"Sporting clubs in small rural towns are the heart and soul of these small communities and survive on the financial support that is provided by the local business community.
"The current economic pressures in the bush are also making it difficult for many small sporting groups to survive."
President of the club Archie Harding was on hand to accept the keys.
"We are most grateful to all those who made this happen and really appreciated the support of local business for the sport we love," he said.
"So many players now can benefit by getting to games and opening up many opportunities for personal and sporting development.
"In the extremely tough times of the drought that we are experiencing, socialising and being involved in sport is so important for maintaining mental health."
The contractors who helped pay for the bus are Aquawest, Hardy Mining, JLE Electrical, EMECO, Sullivans Mining & Hardware, SNF Australia, LKA Staffing Solutions, Jennmar, Dubbo Powerhouse, Tega Industries and Revegetation and Erosion Control Services.
Coates Hire provided signage for the bus.
TGO also provided the Narromine Jets Junior Rugby League Club with $6000 for jerseys.
The club has about 220 registered players and fields under six to under 16 teams in the regional rugby league competition.