The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has applauded the significant achievements by Rio Tinto’s Amrun bauxite project near Weipa with diversity in its workforce and investment in supporting local suppliers.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the project was delivering on its target to develop local business opportunities as the project nears completion.
“Rio Tinto has spent over $1.5 billion on goods and services with Queensland suppliers which has a massive multiplier effect throughout the economy with jobs and investments,” he said. “Sourcing goods and services locally reinforces the development and sustainability of regional Queensland. Rio Tinto’s relentless commitment to buy locally maintains our social licence to operate.”
Premier Palaszczuk and Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques visited the soon-to-be-completed project which included a Welcome to Country.
Mr Macfarlane said fundamental to the ongoing operations of resource projects is to share the success across the region by employing locally.
“Rio Tinto’s Indigenous employment and retention programs ensure local people from the region gain employment,” he said. “Currently the project has more than 1,200 people working on site, 75 percent from Queensland and 178 are Indigenous including 67 Local Aboriginal People. These workers can develop into professional and leadership roles within the sector in the years ahead.”
QRC is the peak representative body for Queensland ‘s resource sector. The Queensland resources sector provides one in every six dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 16,400 businesses across the State, all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.