Following is a summary of key funding provided to date. In addition, the BHP Vital Resources Fund is supporting a wide range of smaller projects and providing in-kind support to communities across Australia.
Queensland and NSW
- Vanguard Health – $7.59 million to set up and service two clinics in Central Queensland offering walk-in, drive-in, telehealth and regional outreach facilities to help ease the strain on public health facilities.
- Oz Harvest – $790,000 to help address food shortages for vulnerable people such as the elderly or those who are quarantined.
- Isaac Regional Council – $500,000 to provide financial support to local businesses that are ineligible for government subsidies or identified as ‘at risk’.
- Upper Hunter Community Service – $200,000 to support emergency relief vouchers and financial support for local resident to buy food, fuel and pay bills.
- Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service – $140,000 to help increase capacity of the medical rescue service during COVID-19.
- CQ Financial Services – $120,000 for capacity building support to expand the service to provide tailored advice for businesses facing financial hardship.
- Northern New South Wales Rescue Helicopter – $100,000 for the provision of emergency equipment and PPE for aircrew, medical staff and patients as they respond to COVID-19.
- Emergency and Long Term Accommodation Moranbah (ELAM) – $95,800 to provide food and social support through extra staffing to families and individuals in need.
- Telethon Kids Institute – $2.66 million for research to test the effectiveness of a drug to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 by reducing the infectiousness of people who contract the virus.
- Royal Flying Doctor Service – $2 million to support extra capacity in the Pilbara during COVID19.
- Foodbank WA – $1.25 million to support the purchase and distribution of food to families and communities.
- East Pilbara Independence Support (EPIS) – $555,000 to establish a ‘quarantine house’ for six months that can be used by the Indigenous community as a safe space to self-isolate.
- Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) – $330,000 to retain additional GP support for remote Indigenous communities in the Western Desert region.
- Lifeline WA – $300,000 to enhance staffing capacity and mental health services across the state.
- Bega Garnbirringu Health Service – $220,000 to help fund a range of services including support for school students and victims of domestic violence, efforts to combat homelessness and to support food security.
- Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC) – $220,000 to support return to country and to provide a safe place for indigenous communities to self-isolate in the Western Desert region.
- Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry – $120,000 to provide support for local business sustainability through online diversification.
- Bloodwood Tree Association – $119,000 to build a mini-mart to support the South Hedland Soup Kitchen service that has seen an increase in demand for food staples due to COVID-19.
- Foodbank SA – $910,000 to support service delivery during COVID-19, as well as a breakfast program for school children into regional and remote communities across South Australia.
Emergency housing support in Upper Spencer Gulf – $190,000 to provide self-isolation accommodation options, plus support for food, hygiene and perishables for the Kokatha, Kuyani and Barngarla peoples and their extended families should they need to self-isolate during the pandemic.
IT support for Aboriginal corporations – $19,000 to provide IT equipment to Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation employees and Advisory Board to allow them to continue their business-as-usual activities in support of the Corporation’s membership. BHP is progressing similar agreements with other Traditional Owner groups.
- Country and Outback Health – $68,000 to employ a full-time mental health clinician for six months to provide mental health support to people in the Roxby Downs and the Upper Spencer Gulf regions.
- Andamooka community support – $58,000 to assist those who are advised to stay at home with critical food distribution and access to medical assistance.