BHP Billiton has donated AUD $1 million to the Red Cross Queensland Flood Appeal to assist communities affected by the recent floods, the company announced on their website yesterday.
The contribution will be sourced from the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities fund and matches the Queensland Government’s contribution. BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities is a charity established by BHP Billiton as part of its community investment program.
“BHP Billiton has a long and proud history in Queensland and we are committed to supporting communities where we operate. We hope these funds will make a positive contribution to the state’s recovery program,” said BHP Billiton CEO Marcus Kloppers.
“The donation will help to assist the people of Queensland, our employees and the affected communities in Central Queensland and Brisbane,” said BHP Billiton Metallurgical Coal President Hubie van Dalsen.
The Australian multinational mining and petroleum company employs around 13,500 people in Queensland and 900 more in Brisbane.
Early in January, ex-tropical cyclone Oswald ravaged through Queensland bringing damaging winds, heavy rain and tornadoes, causing massive flooding and tidal surges. Thousands of people have been affected by the destruction, with Bundaberg being one of the most hit. According to Red Cross, and estimated 2,500 homes have been submerged by the flood waters.
Although the waters are receding, there is still much work left to be done as the devastating effects continue to surface. The death toll has risen to six, according to ABC, and many communities are experiencing food, power and water shortages.