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Supporting Queensland's drought affected farmers

26 OCTOBER 2018

Cannington is pleased to announce its support for local farmers with a $20,000 donation.

With severe drought conditions affecting Queensland in recent months, South32 Cannington is pleased to announce its support for local farmers with a $20,000 donation.

In August, with more than half of the state in the grip of a devastating six-year drought, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched the Queensland Drought Appeal.

All money raised from the appeal is distributed by the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) to assist those who live in drought-stricken communities.

South32 Cannington Vice President Operations, Rob Jackson, said it was important to support local communities.

“Our Cannington operation has been operating in the area for over 20 years and our thoughts go out to those who are impacted by the drought,” Rob said.

“We know that for many farmers and their families throughout Queensland it has been really tough, particularly on the communities located around Cannington.

“We want to make a difference and improve people’s lives with the work that we do and contribute towards creating a better future for our communities which is why we are proud to support our neighbours in the local community at a time when help is needed the most.

“Our people also wanted to do their bit and have raised over $3,000 in donations through our Matched Giving Program, with every dollar matched by South32, bringing our total contribution to the relief efforts to $26,000.”

Georgie Westlund QCWA’s North West Division President welcomed the contribution. 

She said: “It’s wonderful to see resource companies like South32 give back to farming communities during these times of need.

"We’ve seen firsthand how this drought has affected families and these funds will help to ease some of the burden they are experiencing.”