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BHP Billiton noted today's comments by the Federal Government that mining companies had reduced the level of infrastructure support they previously provided for towns, cities, and regional developments.

During the last ten years BHP Billiton invested more than A$11 billion* in iron ore growth projects alone in Western Australia. This has delivered significant economic growth to Western Australia.

In addition, during FY2009 BHP Billiton invested over A$60 million more improving town facilities by building more parks, playgrounds and upgrading sporting and social facilities; improving health services in the townships and remote areas; better support for quality education and training through dedicated programs, facilities and training and indigenous wellbeing, health and education. This included A$18 million on building two new childcare centres in Port Hedland and Newman.

* BHP Billiton's attributable share is approximately 85%

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