Mining Billionaire Andrew Forrest Pledges $70 Million Bushfire Relief Donation
With the Minderoo Fire Fund
WA mining billionaire Andrew Forrest has today announced he will be donating $70 million towards bushfire recovery.
Through his Minderoo Foundation, Forrest explained the following:
“Our country is in need. Now is the time to reach out and do what we can for one another.
“Today we launch the Minderoo Fire Fund. A comprehensive $70 million relief package designed to not only respond to the ongoing crisis and rebuild communities, but to establish long-term resilience by funding research into and applying new techniques in fire and disaster relief.
"The Fund has three distinct areas:
"Response- we’ve committed to mobilise volunteers from Western Australia to assist operations and relief efforts in Victoria, NSW and South Australia.
"Recover- we’ve allocated $10 million of initial funding to restore essential infrastructure, hubs, and community assets to rebuild communities and revitalise local economies.
"Resilience- we’re building long term resilience by convening leading experts to develop a globally relevant national blueprint for fire and disaster relief.
"Through the smoke there will be hope. Learn more at firefund.org."
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