BHP Billiton has donated A$500,000 to Red Cross emergency response and recovery work in New South Wales.
The donation, which came from the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities charity, is aimed at helping the New South Wales recovery from the recent bush fires that have affected the communities in the region, according to a news release.
“BHP Billiton has had a long relationship with communities in New South Wales, where two of our core coal assets are based. We hope this donation will assist Red Cross in helping the communities that have been affected by the bush fires in the region,” said Dean Dalla Valle, BHP Billiton Coal President.
Aside from the A$500,000 money donation, BHP Billiton has also announced that the company will donate two dollars for every one dollar donation made by an employee through its Matched Giving Program.
The Anglo Australian multinational mining and petroleum company, headquartered in Melbourne, currently has around 4,130 employees and contractors in New South Wales. Their multiple operations include Illawarra Coal’s metallurgical coal operations, the Mt Arthur Coal mine in the Hunter Valley and the Caroona Coal Project near Quirindi.
BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities charity was established by BHP Billiton as part of the company’s community investment program. Their goal is to contribute in a positive way to the communities, regions and countries where the company operates. The charity helps to foster sustainable development and share the socio-economic benefits from the operations, as well as alleviate poverty.
For more information about BHP Billiton’s Sustainable Communities Charity, visit http://www.bhpbilliton.com/home/aboutus/sustainability/Pages/Community.aspx.
New South Wales declared a state of emergency at the peak of the bush fires. While firefighters battled the raging flames, over two hundred homes in the area were destroyed.
In the aftermath of the disaster which caused severe damage to the region, any type of help, monetary or otherwise is needed and welcome.