Rio Tinto commits A$75m to renew partnerships with local government in Pilbara

PERTH–Rio Tinto will commit A$75 million over 10 years to renew its partnerships with Ashburton County and the Town of Karratha to continue delivering a range of important community projects in both areas.

Previous Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership (CISP) agreements with the County and the City have supported the funding and delivery of key infrastructure projects, local services and public events for local communities over the past of the last 10 years.

The renewed partnerships will build on and further strengthen Rio Tinto’s relationships with local government partners.

Managing Director of Rio Tinto, Port, Rail & Core Services, Richard Cohen, said: “Creating vibrant and healthy communities and attracting families to live, work and play in this amazing and unique part of Australia has been a shared vision of Rio Tinto, the County of Ashburton and the town of Karratha for many years.

“We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish together over the past 10 years through these award-winning partnerships, including the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and services.

“Rio Tinto is committed to being good local and that starts with being connected with the communities where we do business. The renewal of this partnership with Ashburton County and the Town of Karratha for another 10 years demonstrates our continued commitment to making a real difference in these communities.

Ashburton County Chairman Kerry White acknowledged the success of the partnership with Rio Tinto over the past 10 years.

“Partnering with Rio Tinto has enabled the County to deliver a range of events, activities and key infrastructure amenities to the communities of Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Pannawonica,” she said.

“The Council is pleased to revitalize our partnership with Rio Tinto and to continue to provide together a range of key services to our community now and in the future.

“In our unique environment, we believe that opportunities can be found everywhere, and we are committed to developing vibrant, active and connected communities with these opportunities in mind to add value and contribute to health and well-being. be one of our collaborators”.

Karratha Town Mayor Peter Long said the town is delighted to continue to work in partnership with Rio Tinto to provide opportunities for our community and improve the quality of life in our towns.

“This partnership has had phenomenal results for the community over the past 10 years, helping to transform Karratha into the place so many are proud to call home.

“We are thrilled to continue to build on his legacy, providing better facilities and services to our community so that future generations can prosper. »

Past partnerships with the City of Karratha and Ashburton County have supported important community projects, including:

  • Clem Thompson Pavilion, a two-story facility that houses four club rooms, a referees’ room, reception area, bar, kitchen, canteen, storage area and stadium seating;
  • Paraburdoo Community Hub, offering an oval, indoor recreation courts, locker rooms, first aid, kitchen, club rooms, storage and a community gymnasium. The facility will be able to serve as an emergency center during cyclones.
  • Dampier Community Hub which offers a number of indoor and outdoor spaces including an early learning center, public library, multi-purpose meeting rooms and community spaces, a renovated community hall;
  • Wickham Community Hub where children come to learn and play;
  • Cossack Art Awards which promotes and celebrates the Pilbara-based artist;
  • Karratha Leisureplex where local teams train and compete;
  • Events and festivals including the Red Earth Arts Precinct which has hosted the WA Ballet and many other arts groups in recent years; and
  • School holiday programs.

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