Cutifani pledges $100k to RACQ-CQ Rescue service

AS PART of his first Australian visit as mining giant Anglo American's biggest wig, global chief executive Mark Cutifani pledged $100,000 to a Central Queensland helicopter rescue service.

Mr Cutifani - an Australian himself - toured his Moranbah North and Dawson sites, also making time to drop in on the $1.7 billion Grosvenor coal project currently under construction.

The RACQ-CQ Rescue service was called into action 435 times in 2012, with 375 patients requiring potentially life-saving assistance.

In the past 12 months, the Moranbah North mine contributed $278,000 in donations for the township of Moranbah, on top of a $20 million fund set up for the area.

CQ Rescue chief executive Mark Shield said almost half its rescues, about 46%, were to Moranbah and other Bowen Basin communities.

He said such sponsorship deals were vital to the rescue service's survival.

Mr Cutifani was understood to have been meeting with workers on Tuesday, just weeks after Anglo announced it would shut down its Aquila underground mine, costing the jobs of 80 workers.

Aquila is due to be mothballed by the end of next month.

In Central Queensland, Anglo American owns and runs six metallurgical coal mines - used for making steel - and one producing coal for electricity production..

Mr Cutifani was not available for interviews or to answer questions on Tuesday.

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