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Chevron pledges $2 million to support Western Australia

PERTH, Western Australia, 2 April 2020 – Chevron Australia has announced a combined contribution of AUD$2 million to assist community members and local businesses impacted by the current COVID-19 health crisis in Western Australia.

As operator of the Wheatstone natural gas facility, located near the town of Onslow in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Chevron Australia has launched the AUD$1 million Chevron Onslow Relief Fund – providing financial support and critical health services to Onslow residents, Aboriginal communities, local businesses and the unemployed.

Chevron Australia Managing Director Al Williams said the company’s priorities are the health and safety of its employees, contractors and the community, as well as maintaining essential supplies of natural gas for homes, businesses and hospitals.

“The Onslow community is at the heart of the work we do to power homes and essential industries across Western Australia with safe and reliable natural gas,” said Williams.

“The Chevron Onslow Relief Fund is our commitment to lend a hand to local businesses and community members impacted by these uncertain and challenging times.”

As part of the Chevron Onslow Relief Fund, a stimulus package designed to help strengthen community resilience will be delivered by the Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, including:

  • Local business support for short-term financial hardship and/or long-term business rebuilding;
  • Upskilling opportunities for residents unemployed as a result of current health and economic challenges; and
  • Shop local vouchers for eligible residents to use at participating local businesses.

Together with the WA Country Health Service, the Fund will also support the delivery of health care and COVID-19 awareness to the Onslow community.

Collaborating with industry to support Western Australians

Chevron Australia has pledged an additional AUD$1 million to essential service providers the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service, Foodbank WA and Lifeline WA through a collaborative industry effort led by The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA.

The funding will assist COVID-19 patients in remote and regional WA, as well as support mental health and provide essential supplies to vulnerable community members.

“We recognise the importance of the many essential services helping communities across WA deal with this health pandemic and are proud to provide financial assistance during these unprecedented times,” said Williams.

Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for more than 60 years.

With the ingenuity and commitment of thousands of workers, Chevron Australia operates the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas facilities; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island; and is a significant investor in exploration.


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