Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has thanked resources companies operating in central and north Queensland, who have so far donated more than $700,000 to the Cyclone Debbie recovery effort.
“The rebuilding is well underway across central and north Queensland. I’ve seen for myself some of the devastating impacts from Cyclone Debbie, not only in my home region of Rockhampton, but also in the communities of Clarke Creek and Lotus Creek,” Federal Minister Canavan said.
“I’ve also visited Proserpine and Bowen to speak with local cane growers, and tomato and capsicum growers. The full extent of the damage is still coming to light, but local communities are determined to get back to business as soon as possible.
“The donation of more than $700,000 from locally-operating resources companies including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Adani, and Aurizon is not only a generous gesture, but it will also have a real impact on how quickly our communities recover.
“We know that the resources industry plays an important role in regional communities, through direct jobs, and also the flow-on spending at local businesses.
“It’s great to see that resources companies consider themselves a part of the communities in which they operate and are prepared to chip in to help locals get back on their feet.
“These donations add to the spirit of generosity that has come from all over Australia, through donations and assistance from volunteers who want to get stuck in to help repair and rebuild.”