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WA’s infamous radioactive capsule helps fund Kimberley flood recovery

“Very grateful Simon has indicated that they will provide a camp for 40 people to be taken to Fitzroy Crossing,” he said.

The McGowan government has shown an agility in persuading mining companies to part with their revenues for the public good.

In November 2022, he unveiled a $750 million fund made up of contributions from the state’s largest resource companies such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Woodside that will be used exclusively for large community projects – the largest of which will be the Aboriginal Cultural Center on the Perth is. foreshore.

Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson, Rio Tinto iron ore CEO Simon Trott, and WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan stand around footage of the 40-member donga camp being donated to the WA government.Credit:Hamish Hastie

Mining companies also pushed to donate to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund in the aftermath of the Kimberley flood.

Dawson also unveiled a new student and business grant scheme to encourage workers to go to the Kimberley.

Under the scheme, employers can apply for grants of up to $3,000 per year, and apprentices and interns can apply for $1,000 per year to cover costs such as travel and lodging if they attend Fitzroy Crossing.

In addition to rebuilding the house, Main Roads recently awarded the contract to rebuild the destroyed Fitzroy Crossing Bridge to Georgiou Group and BMD Constructions.

Despite WA’s already overheated construction market, Dawson said he was confident they would fill the positions needed in the recovery effort.

“The call has gone through the various chambers and the various industry bodies to get workers there, but I would certainly urge people if you listen to this tonight, and you fancy a job in the Kimberley and you have an exchange, we take you with them,” he said.