STRENGTHENING TIES: Kestrel Mine general manager operations John Coughlan and SES local controller George Thomson. cont
STRENGTHENING TIES: Kestrel Mine general manager operations John Coughlan and SES local controller George Thomson. cont

SES gets an early present

A COAL mining company is offering a helping hand to a volunteer organisation that helps others.

As an early Christmas gift, Rio Tinto Coal Australia has donated $10,000 between the local State Emergency Service units in Clermont, Nebo, and Emerald, which service the communities around its Blair Athol, Clermont, Hail Creek and Kestrel mines.

Clermont Region general manager operations Andrew Cole said the donation was in lieu of sending traditional greeting cards in the post.

“We’ve chosen to donate to the SES this year due to the predicted wet summer, which we have already started to experience in the region,” Mr Cole said.

Kestrel Mine general manager John Coughlan said the donation was part of Rio Tinto’s focus on health and safety.

“As a mining company, health and safety is a core value to us and by supporting the SES, we can help spread our health and safety message to the wider community,” Mr Coughlan said. “By supporting groups like the SES we aim to strengthen local communities and build their capacity.”


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