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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State
BHP BILLITON SUPPORTING ANZAC CENTENARY
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced BHP Billiton, through the BHP Billiton Foundation, would provide $10 million dollars to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund to support a programme of state and territory initiatives.
Welcoming news of the substantial commitment, Senator Ronaldson said it was through the generous support of BHP Billiton, and other donors, that Australians living and working in regional and remote areas, in particular, would have access to, and the opportunity to participate in, the Centenary.
“BHP Billiton’s commitment to the wellbeing of our nation began many years ago and it has long provided support for our servicemen and women,” Senator Ronaldson said.
“This sizeable investment in the Anzac Centenary Public Fund will allow many Australians an opportunity to remember all those who have worn our nation’s uniform and ensure the Anzac spirit lives on.”
BHP Billiton Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie said the company had played a central role in the development and advancement of Australian industry since the Broken Hill Proprietary Company was established in 1883, including during war times.
“We are proud of our heritage, our contribution to the Australian community and importantly that we are able to provide the public with a means to recognise and remember the service of our veterans.
“Most importantly our commemorations are about recognising the selflessness of our veterans and serving defence personnel in protecting our freedom. Many of our employees and their family members served in the First World War, and we continue to support those who serve in the armed forces.”
The Anzac Centenary programme marks 100 years of service, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peace operations in which Australia has been involved. It is the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history.
For more information on the Anzac Centenary Public Fund or national programme visit the Anzac Centenary website www.anzaccentenary.gov.au
Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046