Australian miners donate millions to bushfire relief efforts

Fortescue Metals Group is one of a host of Australian mining companies to have made donations to relief agencies fighting the intense bushfires that continue to burn across large swathes of the country.

The iron ore miner pledged AUS$1 million to the Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund, while its founder and chairperson Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola Forrest have themselves pledged $70 million towards relief ongoing efforts.

From the total donation, $10 million will go 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.

In addition, global mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP have each donated funds to the Red Cross to aid its bushfire relief and recovery efforts, with the former handing over $1 million and the latter providing $2 million to the humanitarian aid organisation.

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

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.