Rio Tinto supports young people in regional WA


Rio Tinto funds Youth Development Officers in Broome, Geraldton, Albany and Busselton.


Young people in regional WA are given life skills and leadership development through holiday programs and weekend events.

Rio Tinto provided $65,000 to local governments in Broome, Geraldton, Albany and Busselton – key regions connected to its mine sites where its fly-in, fly-out employees live. The funding allows each local government to employ a Youth Development Officer, who develops inclusive activities for engaging youth through holiday programmes and weekend events.

These initiatives provide life skills and leadership development while building support networks in the community.

Justin Francesconi, Community Engagement Superintendent, said the officers are an essential part of the community in these four regional areas.

“The youth of today could be our employees of tomorrow, so it’s important we are investing in their communities while creating a pipeline of talent,” Justin said.

“Through these activities, the Youth Development Officers target our community’s youth through a diverse range of inclusive events, and also support the wellbeing of our Rio Tinto employees and their families.”