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CME and member companies establish Bushfire Community Support Initiative

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) and member companies will support families and communities affected by this week’s devastating Perth Hills bushfires. 

CME Chief Executive Paul Everingham today announced the coordination of a CME Bushfire Community Support Initiative. 

“The images of the devastation caused by these bushfires have had a profound impact on anyone who has seen them, in an area well known to the wider community,” Mr Everingham said. 

“People have lost their homes, livestock and pets, along with priceless memories. Others have been displaced and don’t know when they will be able to return home. 

“A significant number of workers at CME member companies have been impacted by these fires and many others will have friends and families who have been affected. 

“The CME Bushfire Community Support Initiative will directly support response, relief and recovery efforts for those impacted by the Perth Hills fires. 

“Member companies have committed more than $4 million in support funding so far, and it’s early days. 

“We know we can’t replace what many of those people have lost but hopefully we can make things a little easier for them in the days, weeks and months to come.” 

CME member companies which have already committed to significant donations are:

  • Chevron Australia
  • Minara Resources
  • Mt Gibson Iron
  • Newmont Australia
  • Northern Star
  • Rio Tinto
  • Roy Hill
  • South32
  • Woodside

CME member companies wishing to contribute to the Disaster Relief Initiative can contact Susan Cull, Manager – Workforce Capability on s.cull@cmewa.com.  

Photo: DFES Incident Photographer Evan Collis