The City partnership with Rio Tinto continues to go from strength to strength

Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 at 9:09:22 AM

The City of Busselton’s partnership with Rio Tinto continues to go from strength to strength, with Rio Tinto doubling its contribution to the Youth program from $40,000 to $80,000 per annum. This will provide a welcome boost for youth-focused activities and events. The additional funding will also enable the City to expand learning and employment opportunities and provide a more consistent voice for local youth through enhanced engagement.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said “This additional $40,000 per annum from Rio Tinto provides an opportunity to consolidate services to the fast-growing areas of Dunsborough and Vasse. It’s wonderful to see Rio Tinto so committed to our local community, particularly when it comes to our youth.”

“The City of Busselton and Rio Tinto are proudly working together to support our local youth, provide opportunities for them to thrive and contribute to a shared future. Let’s face it, our youth are our future!”

Three new initiatives will be implemented over and above what is currently delivered by the City’s Youth Services team:

  • Youth Voice - encourages and facilitates an increased youth voice within the community.
  • Thriving Communities - a program of structured activities that promotes and improves youth wellbeing with an emphasis on mental health.
  • Creating opportunities - enhancing learning and upskilling opportunities for local youth.

Rio Tinto has been partnering with the City to provide Youth Services since 2014. Along with funding for annual activities and events, the partnership has supported the employment of a succession of Youth Development Trainees and more recently the expansion of youth services for 10 – 15 year olds in the Dunsborough – Vasse area. 

Rio Tinto community Relations Specialist for the South-West Region Meredith Dixon said “It’s wonderful to see these young people develop during their year-long traineeship with the City. They make an enormous contribution to the program through their networks and social media channels and are very strong advocates for local youth. Rio Tinto values this partnership highly and commends the Council for its ongoing commitment to youth in the region.” 

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes Lifestyle: A place that is relaxed, safe and friendly with services and facilities that support our lifestyle. 

Photo attached for general usePictured L-R: City of Busselton Youth Services Development Supervisor Angela Griffin; Rio Tinto Community Relations Advisor – South West, Meredith Dixon; Youth Development Trainee Edan Cristinelli and Work Experience Student Grace Murray. 

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