Rio Tinto’s leadership team welcomed

Published on Thursday, 14 March 2024 at 12:19:09 PM

The City of Busselton was delighted to welcome Rio Tinto’s leadership team last week, with the visit providing an opportunity for Managing Director of Pilbara Mines, Matt Holcz and twelve General Managers of Rio Tinto Iron Ore Assets in the Pilbara to meet with the City’s Mayor, Chief Executive Officer and Youth Services Team. 

The leadership team also took part in several youth activities, including career mentoring and were formally introduced to this year’s newly appointed Youth Development Trainee, Adia McMahon. The position is available to a South West School Leaver and gives them the opportunity to gain skills and experience in youth and community services, events and communications. The 12 month contract is part-funded by Rio Tinto as a key component of the Rio Tinto and City of Busselton Youth Partnership. 

Adia McMahon said “It’s an honour to have been appointed in this role. I really enjoy helping others in any way I can. I have always been surrounded by family who are generous and kind to others and their actions have inspired me to follow suit and continue to show kindness and generosity to others. I am really looking forward to being able to contribute positively to our upcoming youth programs.” 

Each year Rio Tinto invests $80,000 into youth initiatives in the City of Busselton and Dunsborough. The City’s Youth Service Program was showcased throughout the afternoon at the City’s Youth and Community Activity Centre and Youth Precinct on the Busselton foreshore.   

Mayor Phill Cronin said, “It’s wonderful to see Rio Tinto so committed to regional youth and its workforce. The partnership to support the City’s Youth Services Program spans over a decade now and I think it is fair to say that we both recognise the positive impact our long-standing partnership brings to the region through delivering family and youth services, community health and wellness programs, expanding employment and training opportunities and contributing to regional economic stability.” 

Rio Tinto Managing Director of Pilbara Mines, Matt Holcz said, “More than 1,300 Rio Tinto employees across the South West support our Pilbara operations and proudly call this region home. Last year Rio Tinto’s social investment in the South West was more than $620,000 with a significant portion of this funding being directed toward youth, mental health and community wellbeing initiatives.” 

“It’s humbling to see firsthand the positive impact these partnerships and sponsorships are having on families and individuals. The Rio Tinto and City of Busselton Youth Partnership is certainly delivering great outcomes and we applaud the City for their commitment to young people.” 

While in Busselton the leadership team also visited the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory for a presentation on the Marine Education and Research Project. 

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes Opportunity: A vibrant City with diverse opportunities and a prosperous economy. 

Photo for general use: Rio Tinto Leadership Team, City Mayor, CEO and staff.

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