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So why has BHP Billiton come on board to help us with this upgrade?
BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Head of Community and Indigenous Affairs Richard O’Connell says BHP is proud to fund the enhancement of surf lifesavers’ ability to patrol beaches and respond to emergencies.
“Making Surf Life Saving WA’s communications capabilities more robust will not only make it safer for swimmers who visit our State’s beautiful beaches, it will also be safer for the 20,000 volunteer surf lifesavers who protect us,” Mr O’Connell said.
“We see the contribution as a strong partnership between two proud supporters of our State, helping to protect the wellbeing of all Western Australian beach-goers.
“As a member of the WA community for more than 40 years, we want to leave a positive legacy for future generations. We’re proud to get behind initiatives like this to make a difference for the long-term.”
Through BHP Billiton’s Community Development Program, the company has invested more than A$275 million in health, education, Indigenous development and community infrastructure initiatives in Western Australia over the past five years. Further information on BHP Billiton can be found at: www.bhpbilliton.com.