BHP Billiton Increases
Donation To Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief
Appeal To A$11 Million
BHP Billiton will donate a
further A$10 million to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal to
assist with Queensland flood relief and recovery efforts. This is in addition
to the previous $1 million announced on 1 January 2011. It also adds to the Company's
significant in kind contributions and the volunteer efforts of our people in
Queensland regional areas.
"As a major employer in
Queensland and given our large contribution to the Queensland economy, we want
to play a leading role in the recovery efforts. We have increased our donation
to demonstrate our support for the State in which so many of our people live
and work, and hope that others will also be able to do so," said BHP Billiton
CEO Marius Kloppers.
BHP Billiton Metallurgical Coal
President Hubie van Dalsen
also noted the direct role played by the Company's workforce in recovery
"Our Company and our
workforce will continue their direct on the ground recovery work and rebuilding
efforts in Central Queensland, especially in Emerald, in the months ahead,
" Mr van Dalsen said.
BHP Billiton has nearly 12,000
employees and contractors in Queensland. Our joint venture operations comprise
eight major metallurgical coal operations in the Bowen Basin and a major silver, lead and zinc mine at Cannington.
We also have close to 800 people working in Brisbane.
As well as our A$11 million cash
donation, BHP Billiton has announced it will match all employee donations made
through the Company's Matched Giving Program.