Anglo American prioritises engagement with local Queenslanders

Banana Shire council mayor Nev Ferrier and local councillor Brooke Leo cut the ribbon on Anglo American’s new community shopfront in Moura. Image: Anglo American

Anglo American has released its social investment priorities for the next three years for the regions where it operates in Central Queensland.

Two common priority areas across all of Anglo American’s operations from 2019 to 2021 are community engagement and well-being.

The findings reflect the views of community members consulted about the positive and negative impacts of Anglo American’s operations.

Anglo American’s Australian operations include two open cut and three underground metallurgical coal mines in Central Queensland: Moranbah (Moranbah-Grosvenor complex), Middlemount (Capcoal complex) and the Moura, Banana and Theodore area (Dawson mine).

“As one of Central Queensland’s major employers, we understand the importance of community,” Anglo American Metallurgical Coal chief executive Tyler Mitchelson said.

“It’s our firm belief that our communities should benefit from our presence, and we are committed to making that happen.”

Other priority areas for all its regions include childcare, education, local economy, housing, job opportunities and living locally.

Anglo American has also opened applications for community funding grants and a community shopfront in Moura to engage with the community.

“We look forward to working with the community to help ensure our Central Queensland communities thrive,” Mitchelson concluded.