The City of Busselton and City of Albany jointly met with Rio Tinto in Busselton this morning to discuss ongoing and
future partnerships that will benefit the long-term sustainability of their communities.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Executive Committee was visiting Busselton to attend the official opening of the CinefestOZ Film
Festival as a major sponsor, and took the opportunity to meet with the Mayors and Chief Executive Officers of two of its
regional fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) hubs.
Rio Tinto celebrates a decade of FIFO from Busselton this year and has been providing FIFO opportunities from Albany
since 2012, supporting both regions on a range of community initiatives.
In June this year Rio Tinto renewed its partnership with the City of Albany for three years, to support the employment of
a Youth Development Officer and focus on fostering a vibrant and engaging community for young people. Rio Tinto also
support a youth development programs with the City of Busselton.
Busselton Mayor Grant Henley, Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington, Busselton Chief Executive Mike Archer and Albany
Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe had very positive discussions with Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris
Salisbury and his executive team about existing partnerships and future opportunities to build a sustainable regional
“Busselton is Rio Tinto’s largest regional FIFO hub and in celebrating ten years of FIFO from here we were able to
reflect on the contribution this has made to our region through employment opportunities, economic investment and
enhancement on the local community through an array of partnerships,” Mayor Henley said.
Mayor Wellington said he was also looking forward to ongoing productive relationships in Albany.
“We welcomed the opportunity to talk directly to Rio Tinto about enhancing communities and ways we can work together
to strengthen the economic and social fabric of our City, create opportunities for our young people, and continue and
grow FIFO services in our communities,” Mayor Wellington said.
Mr Salisbury said Rio Tinto remained committed to both Albany and Busselton.
“Rio Tinto pioneered regional FIFO from Geraldton in 2006, expanding across the state to Busselton, Broome, Derby,
Carnarvon, and Albany. The regional FIFO program has provided thousands of employment opportunities, while also
bringing positive economic impacts to the region. In 2016 our state-wide regional FIFO generated a flow-on economic
impact of around $185 million and created more than 1200 jobs,” Mr Salisbury said.