A mineral multinational staged a major musical event to commemorate two decades of operation.
Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) recently held a rock concert at its Solomon mine, 349km southwest of Port Hedland.
About 700 high-profile people attended. Some of the many fly-in fly-out (FIFO) guests included Millionaire Hot Seat presenter Eddie Maguire, Thorney Investment Group founding chairman Alex Waislitz, Mineral Resources director Tim Roberts, Aboriginal activist lawyer Noel Pearson, and Indigenous Advisory Council chairman Warren Mundine.
FMG executive chairman Andrew Forrest waved a flag from a moving dump truck. Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes performed hit singles like “Working Class Man”. Forrest, also known as ‘Twiggy’, even joined Barnes to sing the last chorus.
Video tributes were played from former prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Rudd and Boris Johnson. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Western Australian Premier Roger Cook also sent their greetings.
The employer later used the occasion to announce both FMG and Fortescue Future Industries would be merged into a single “Fortescue” entity. This is promised to promote a “unified global green” metals and energy company.
“Over the past 50 years we have completely trashed the planet. I hear people talking about ‘saving the planet’ [but] the planet will be just fine without us – it is humankind that needs to be saved,” Fortescue energy CEO Mark Hutchinson added in the 2023 annual report.
The proponent’s net profit after tax dropped 22.5 per cent to US$4.8 billion (A$7.5B) in the 2023 financial year.
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