Councils partner Rio Tinto to grow communities image

30 August 2017

The City of Busselton and City of Albany jointly met with Rio Tinto in Busselton last week to discuss ongoing and future partnerships that will benefit the long-term sustainability of their communities.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Executive Committee was visiting Busselton to attend the official opening of the CinefestOZ Film Festival as a major sponsor, and took the opportunity to meet with the Mayors and Chief Executive Officers of two of its regional fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) hubs.

Rio Tinto celebrates a decade of FIFO from Busselton this year and has been providing FIFO opportunities from Albany since 2012, supporting both regions on a range of community initiatives.

In June this year Rio Tinto renewed its partnership with the City of Albany for three years, to support the employment of a Youth Development Officer and focus on fostering a vibrant and engaging community for young people. Rio Tinto also support a youth development programs with the City of Busselton.

Busselton Mayor Grant Henley, Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington, Busselton Chief Executive Mike Archer and Albany Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe had very positive discussions with Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris Salisbury and his executive team about existing partnerships and future opportunities to build a sustainable regional community.

“Busselton is Rio Tinto’s largest regional FIFO hub and in celebrating ten years of FIFO from here we were able to reflect on the contribution this has made to our region through employment opportunities, economic investment and enhancement on the local community through an array of partnerships,” Mayor Henley said.

Mayor Wellington said he was also looking forward to ongoing productive relationships in Albany.

“We welcomed the opportunity to talk directly to Rio Tinto about enhancing communities and ways we can work together to strengthen the economic and social fabric of our City, create opportunities for our young people, and continue and grow FIFO services in our communities,” Mayor Wellington said.

Mr Salisbury said Rio Tinto remained committed to both Albany and Busselton.

“Rio Tinto pioneered regional FIFO from Geraldton in 2006, expanding across the state to Busselton, Broome, Derby, Carnarvon, and Albany. The regional FIFO program has provided thousands of employment opportunities, while also bringing positive economic impacts to the region. In 2016 our state-wide regional FIFO generated a flow-on economic impact of around $185 million and created more than 1200 jobs,” Mr Salisbury said.