“We received a sizeable amount of money from the government, along with other beneficiaries, but it still wasn’t enough to actually get the facility built,” GRHC chairwoman Penny Crawford said.
“Now with this $1 million donation from Shenhua it will ensure that the Gunnedah Rural Health Centre will be up and running in the not too distant future.
“Thanks to this generous donation and the support from Shenhua, we can have the facility ready for use in early 2011.”
Shenhua Watermark project director Joe Clayton said the company was pleased to help get the centre off the ground.
“Shenhua is committed to supporting opportunities, organisations and projects that will benefit the Gunnedah Shire now and for future generations,” he said.
“We want to leave a legacy to the community so that when the exploration period is over, our support and investment will continue.”
The Watermark project covers a 195-square-kilometre area in the Liverpool Plains of New South Wales and is China Shenhua Energy’s first major international project.
Ongoing exploration is targeting a resource of 500 million inferred tonnes.
Mining could start at the end of 2013.
BHP Billiton is another financial supporter of the GHRC.
Both Shenhua and BHP have faced opposition from local farmers over concerns that mining will damage the floodplains and the underlying aquifer.