SIMEC Mining, a member of the GFG Alliance, today thanked local emergency services particularly the NSW Rural Fire Service who were critical in defending the towns of Tahmoor and Bargo including the SIMEC Mining Coking Coal Mine from recent bushfires.
The mine provides jobs for over 400 people with around half living in the area.
GFG Alliance Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta visited the site today to survey the damage and offer his support to the local team.
“I was receiving constant updates from the team about the hard work that went into fighting the catastrophic conditions last week.
“It is one thing to see the reports of fires on the news, but another to have our own people on the frontline. I want to personally thank the crews that were here.
“While the initial threat is over, we must refocus on rebuilding. So as part of our commitment to the Wollondilly area, I am donating $250,000 to the Mayoral Relief Community Fund.
The Fund is being administered by an independent committee for the reconstruction of these towns. The Fund will be made available to local families and businesses directly impacted by the fires ensuring they get back on their feet as soon as possible.
“Importantly, this fund will also be available to any RFS volunteer who has been impacted by the fires in the area.
“We have been part of the community for over 40 years and will be for many more years to come. We hope this contribution can make a small difference as the community rebuilds,” Mr Gupta said.
General Manager of the site, Peter Vale said he was incredibly grateful for the heroics of the local crews.
“The fire came up very quickly on Thursday and we had no choice but to evacuate the site on the direction of the local fire service.
“Thanks to the hard work of emergency services, no critical infrastructure was lost. We are currently working to resume full operations.