FICTION: Australian Mining Companies unite again bushfires

Australia’s biggest mining companies have joined forces to fight the unprecedented bushfires currently burning across the country and to prevent future reoccurrences of similar or greater magnitude.

Hot on the heels of Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest’s $70 million donation, a new ‘bushfire prevention’ consortium has been formed by Australian mining companies BHP Billiton, Newcrest, Rio Tinto, Alcoa, Chalco, Alcan and Xstrata.

In a joint media statement, the companies announced the creation of a Fire Trust Fund, with each company contributing $100 million per annum to the enterprise, making it one of the largest ongoing trust