Valued partnership comes to an end

BMA Blackwater Mine has stood as a committed supporter of RACQ CapRescue since its inception, marking a remarkable partnership of over 25 years that has greatly impacted the Central Highlands community and surrounds.

As one of the initial sponsors of RACQ CapRescue, BMA’s early and generous support laid the groundwork for a powerful alliance dedicated to saving lives across Central Queensland. This enduring partnership flourished over the years, with BMA’s steadfast commitment continuing to bolster CapRescue’s mission to strengthen the regional health network.

Kirsty Wooler, Operations Manager at RACQ CapRescue, underscores the vital role BMA has played: “Our lifesaving rescue service relies on major partners like BMA. Their ongoing dedication, since the beginning, has ensured we were on standby 24/7, ready to serve those in need.”

BMA’s support extended through their employees with workplace-giving initiatives and a match-giving program. Additionally, BMA’s innovative initiatives, such as featuring CapRescue’s message on a Komatsu 930E tray and sponsoring events like the Blackwater Emergency Services Day, further showcased their commitment to the partnership and community safety.

The impact of this partnership is exemplified through stories like Damien Olsen’s, who was saved by CapRescue. Following this life-changing incident, Damien went to work for BMA and genuinely appreciated the crucial part they played in his survival.

In 2020, BHP established a $50 million Vital Resources Fund to help support regional Australian communities in its areas of operation, which were facing the significant challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. RACQ CapRescue was a fortunate recipient, and the ongoing support of the partnership significantly increased its ability to provide support during this difficult time.

As the longstanding partnership comes to an end, with the sale of the Blackwater mine, BMA’s commitment will not be forgotten.  With heartfelt gratitude, RACQ CapRescue will remember BMA’s unwavering dedication over the past quarter-century, as will the over 10,000 people who owe their lives to them and others who continue to donate to our service.