Australian miners donate millions to bushfire relief efforts

A host of Australian mining companies, including global industry heavyweights Rio Tinto and BHP, have made donations to relief agencies for the bushfires that continue to burn across large swathes of the country.

Rio Tinto has handed AUS$1 million to the Red Cross to aid its bushfire relief and recovery efforts, while BHP donated $2 million to the same organisation. Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group also pledged $1 million to the Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund.

Smaller donations to relief efforts have also been made by companies such as Newcrest Mining, Orica and Dart Mining.

Fortescue’s founder and chairperson Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola Forrest have themselves pledged $70 million towards relief efforts, with $10 million going towards specialist volunteers from Western Australia, $10 million to immediate bushfire relief funding and a further $50 million will be invested in a long-term blueprint for fire resilience.

“With incredible courage and determination, Australians have united to help those devastated by these bushfires,” said Mr Forrest, who established the Minderoo Foundation along with his wife Nicola.

Approximately 26 people have died and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by the fires so far, with the World Wide Fund for Nature estimating that 1.25 billion animals may also have perished.