BlueScope responds to bushfire crisisMonday, January 6, 2020
We have been shocked and saddened by the devastation and loss of life caused by the horrendous bushfires which continue to threaten many regions and communities across Australia.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been hit by this tragedy.
It is also likely that some of our employees have been working as volunteers for the fire authorities and other support organisations, and our best wishes go to them as they go about this difficult task.
We are determined to do whatever we can to help the relief and recovery in the wake of these bushfires. Already representatives from our Western Port site and Logistics team have worked with emergency services to facilitate the naval vessels carrying evacuees from Mallacoota to dock at BlueScope’s berth at Western Port. We also provided assistance for the vessels to refuel and resupply once the evacuees disembarked.
In the first instance, BlueScope will donate $1 million to the Red Cross bushfire relief appeal. Through the Red Cross we will also offer all employees the opportunity to donate to this fund.
In addition, as the nation recovers, we plan to work with aid agencies and other relevant authorities to see how our Australian businesses can best help rebuild communities as they recover from this disaster. In some cases, it may be many months before communities are ready for this support.