In marking Fortescue Metals Group’s 15th year of working with the local communities of the Pilbara in Western Australia, the company announced that it will provide grants of up to $10,000 for local communities projects.
Fortescue consistently produces 170Mt iron ore from the Pilbara every year. The company has also exported more than 1 billion tonnes from the region, taking its place as Australia’s lowest cost supplier of seaborne iron ore into China.
Fortescue chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines said, “We are proud of our contribution to the strength of the state and to Australia’s national economy and the role we are playing in driving real economic and generational change in rural and remote communities.”
“Through our grants program and the provision of training, employment and business opportunities, we look forward to continuing to support strong and vibrant communities in the Pilbara.”
Since the company’s inception, Fortescue has provided assistance to over 270 community initiatives at the Pilbara, including a $78,000 funding for over 40 local community programs, activities and events in 2017.
Community projects within the council boundaries of the Town of Port Hedland, City of Karratha and Shires of Ashburton and East Pilbara will be considered for their eligibility.