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Australian Iron Ore


One of Australia’s most successful, privately-owned companies that has a long and important association with the Pilbara, West Australia and the iron ore and agriculture sectors. The Group continues to diversify into key industries to support the company’s future.

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GINA GOING FOR GOLD | Magnate bankrolls Olympic team

“She’s a great Australian who shares our Olympic values and philosophies,” he said. “There is no coincidence that the strong support of Gina Rinehart for many of our athletes in Tokyo yielded excellent results. There were so many golden moments and success in the pool, our rowers had a wonderful Games, as did our beach volleyballers.”

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Rinehart’s backing for Olympians

AOC president John Coates said the partnership would deliver significant benefits. “This is a major commitment to Australian sport,” he said. “We welcome and thank Mrs Gina Rinehart and Hancock Prospecting for this investment. On the eve of farewelling our team to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the timing is perfect.”

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Australia Day 2022 Honours | Eight Rowing Australia Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champions recognised for their services to sport.

Rowing Australia‘s patron Gina Rinehart was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Rinehart is a mining magnate and Australia’s richest person. She is the Executive Chairman of Hancock Prospecting, a privately-owned mineral exploration and extraction company. Her appointment was, “for distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives, and to sport as a patron”. Rinehart and the Australian women’s four are part of the record number of women recipients.

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This Australia Day, 1,040 people are receiving the country’s highest honours, including appointments to the Order of Australia, meritorious awards and distinguished and conspicuous awards. The most high profile award was presented to mining magnate Gina Rinehart, who was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives and as a patron to sport.

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Philanthropy connections run deep in honours’ list

A diverse range of Australians across science, business, and sport – many of them with a deep connection to philanthropy – have been recognised in the 2022 Australia Day Honours. Gina Rinehart also received an AO, for distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives, and to sport as a patron.

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Major Highlights

AOC and Hancock Prospecting in change-making partnership

AOC announcement 28th of January 2022.

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Sky News Australia Day 26 January 2022 | Rowan Dean interview of Mitch Larkin and Mack Horton

Gina Rinehart "singlehandedly saved our sport", according to Olympic Swimmer Mitch Larkin. It comes after mining magnate Gina Rinehart was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to mining, community and sport. "She's such a caring and supportive lady," Mr Larkin told Sky News host Rowan Dean.

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Australia Day honours: Billionaire patron Gina Rinehart goes from strength to strength

Hancock is one of the biggest taxpayers in Australia and has weathered the Covid pandemic. Its company profit for the year to June came after revenue for Mrs Rinehart’s Hancock rose to a record $16.6bn from $10.5bn a year earlier and the business paid a huge $2.7bn in federal corporate and state taxes. Last year was also a significant one away from mining for Mrs Rinehart, who watched strong performances by athletes in the four sports she backs at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Swimmers, rowers, beach volleyball players and artistic swimming representatives all receive direct support from Mrs Rinehart, as part of charitable and sponsorship pursuits the billionaire undertakes that also includes helping Cambodian girls out of poverty. All of the support has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours, with Mrs Rinehart gaining the title of Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives, and to sport as a patron.

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When Mining does well, Australia does well.

Hancock Prospecting Group companies, Roy Hill and Atlas Iron, joined together to promote all that our industry does for our country. Video preview at post.

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Another honour for Mrs Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, HPPL, Roy Hill, S.Kidman & Co

“Gina Rinehart is a great advocate for the Australian mining industry, and a very worthy inductee to the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame for 2020.” This recognition follows Mrs Rinehart’s receipt of the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at Diggers and Dealers in October, the second only person and first female to win the trifecta of awards at diggers and dealers.

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We support WA Jobs for recovery.

The Hancock Prospecting Group, in the lead up to National Mining and Related Industries Day and National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, has been actively promoting the important role of primary industries in our great State and Country.

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Minerals are not like crops of wheat or wool that grow every year. You have got to find more each year and more each decade if Australia’s standards of living are to continue.
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