January 17, 2011

Alcoa Responds to Queensland Flood Disaster and WA’s Lake Clifton Fires

Alcoa’s thoughts are with all those impacted by the horrible events of recent days, both in the Queensland floods and the bushfires in Lake Clifton, south-west WA.  It intends to make donations from the Alcoa Foundation, with disaster relief funding for both causes.

In the south-west of WA where Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery neighbours the bushfire area, nine Alcoa employees have been personally affected by the Lake Clifton fires.

“Our best wishes are with them as they manage through this tragedy.  Fellow Alcoans have shown outstanding support to their colleagues and others in the impacted communities,” said Managing Director, Alan Cransberg.

“We are discussing limited time off for Alcoa employees who are qualified electrical contractors as coordinating authorities have indicated they may need assistance with isolations and re-connections.”

In addition, Alcoa has:
  • offered around five of its properties in the Hamel/Yarloop area, rent free for 6-12 months, to victims of the fire that have lost their homes;
  • offered free agistment for livestock for up to 6 months on some small lots the company owns, and
  • been working with Cleanaway to provide large skip bins for the cleanup.
 
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Media contact: Michaela Southby 0400 127 427