City and Rio Tinto support community and youth

Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 at 3:26:10 PM

City of Albany have extended their partnership with Rio Tinto to provide dedicated youth support in Albany for the next three years and support community groups to recover from Covid-19.

Following a successful three years of partnering with the City of Albany to employ a Youth Development Officer, Rio Tinto have renewed the contracted role until 2023.

The renewal of the role aims to establish positive relationships with local young people, promote social connection in the youth space and increase the voice of the youth across Albany.

Acting Executive Director Community Services Nathan Watson thanked Rio for their ongoing support of youth engagement and development in Albany.

“We really value our youth and we’ve been working in partnership with Rio to engage our young people more and include them in our community,” he said.

“These initiatives aim to improve youth retention in Albany, establish and provide support networks for young people, and make sure they have a voice about the issues that are important to them.

“It’s also encouraging learning and development that will open up career opportunities and set them up to be successful future leaders of our community.”

Rio Tinto have also provided the City with Covid-19 relief grant funding for a number of community groups to reconnect with residents and neighbourhoods across Albany as restrictions ease.

Soroptomists Albany will be holding a community tree planting activity in Eyre Park, Sailability Albany are expanding the range of experiences for an increasingly diverse membership, and a Story Sharing Café will be activated at Middleton Beach where community members can share stories while enjoying live music.

Rio Tinto Superintendent Community Engagement Justin Francesconi said they were very proud of the outcomes being achieved from the positive partnership with the City.

“We want to see the Albany community coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic thriving which means that where we can support the passionate groups, clubs and organisations to continue their important work, we absolutely will,” Mr Francesconi said.

“Local community groups play a vital role in keeping our neighbourhoods connected and now is a time where we need these support networks around us to lift our spirits and focus on the future.”

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