Feb 18, 2019

Flood recovery cash continues to pour in

Flood recovery cash continues to pour in Mining companies are continuing to dig deep to help communities affected by the recent flooding in much of the state.

Mining companies Anglo American and QCoal have increased the donations from resource companies to Queensland’s flood recovery effort to more than $3 million.

Anglo American has donated $200,000 to GIVIT, while the QCoal Foundation has committed $100,000 to support local initiatives in Townsville and across North Queensland.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said resource companies were responding with financial support, in-kind donations and labour to help Queenslanders get back on their feet after the floods.

“I would like to thank Anglo American and the QCoal Foundation for adding their support to the flood recovery efforts. Every dollar helps with a strong recovery for North Queensland,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Government has announced that more than $4.4 million has been donated and I am proud the resources sector has contributed more than $3 million of those donations.”

Mr Macfarlane said Glencore and South32 were assisting efforts to support the cattle industry devastated by floods in North-West Queensland.

Glencore has supported hay drops by providing access to its Ernest Henry site for the RAAF to conduct their operations.

It has also provided heavy equipment and people power to assist in the hay drops for stranded cattle and for the removal of dead cattle.

South32 Cannington has also provided heavy equipment for near neighbours in the disposal of dead cattle and has been on standby to help with refuelling at its airport if needed as part of the hay drops.

South 32 has been working with the mayors of McKinlay and Cloncurry shire councils on how it can provide support to the region to deal with the flood crisis and recovery efforts.

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