Eco group cel­e­brates BHP part­ner­ship

North West Telegraph - - Tele­graph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Care For Hed­land En­vi­ron­men­tal As­so­ci­a­tion has cel­e­brated and ac­knowl­edged its long­stand­ing part­ner­ship with BHP Bil­li­ton.

Since part­ner­ing with CFH 10 years ago, BHP has do­nated $1.8 mil­lion to­wards the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ef­forts and achieve­ments, and will con­tinue to in­vest in CFH’s vi­sion of en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

The oc­ca­sion was marked at an evening sun­downer at Ceme­tery Beach last Fri­day, which was at­tended by a large group of com­mu­nity mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

CFH was founded in 2003, hav­ing started out as a work­ing group of the Town of Port Hed­land, meet­ing monthly in the coun­cil cham­bers.

Within one year, CFH went down the path of be­com­ing an in­cor­po­rated as­so­ci­a­tion, and has provided vi­tal com­mu­nity gar­den and tur­tle mon­i­tor­ing pro­grams.

As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman and founder Kelly Howlett said the achieve­ments were a tes­ta­ment to the sig­nif­i­cant sup­port of BHP, and other com­mu­nity groups, in the past decade.

She said Port Hed­land’s unique en­vi­ron­ment de­served to be looked af­ter and pro­tected.

“This part­ner­ship and what Care For Hed­land and BHP have been able to achieve to­gether, has made a sig­nif­i­cant and last­ing dif­fer­ence and con­tri­bu­tion to our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“I will al­ways be, not only proud of what we have been able to achieve, but also ex­tremely ap­pre­cia­tive.”

WA Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment Stephen Daw­son con­grat­u­lated the as­so­ci­a­tion and min­ing gi­ant on the long-term record of mak­ing Port Hed­land more sus­tain­able, in­clu­sive and en­vi­ron­men­tally aware.

He said com­pa­nies such as BHP played a piv­otal role in fos­ter­ing part­ner­ships which de­liv­ered pos­i­tive out­comes for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

BHP cor­po­rate af­fairs prin­ci­pal Pil­bara Pa­trik Mell­berg ac­knowl­edged the hard work of the vol­un­teers, mem­bers and com­mit­tee that have helped the as­so­ci­a­tion flour­ish and grow.

“BHP is proud of the part­ner­ship, which has spanned the past 10 years, and the legacy that has been achieved for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment” he said.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Care for Hed­land En­vi­ron­men­tal As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman and founder Kelly Howlett.

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