City of Karratha

Partnership reaches new heights

23 Sep 2015

The City of Karratha’s Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership with Rio Tinto has been shortlisted for the 2015 Australia Institute of Management WA and WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards.

The Partnership, which aims to deliver better infrastructure, services and events to the community, has been selected as a finalist for the Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence category.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Partnership was about working together with Rio Tinto to deliver positive change in the community.

“The Partnership model we have embarked on with Rio Tinto brings together the best of public and private sectors to deliver real benefits to the community,” he said.

“It has been extremely successful in facilitating the development of new infrastructure projects such as the Karratha Leisureplex and Dampier Community Hub, improving community services such as increasing programs for youth and ranger services and delivering a packed program of events and festivals through the year including the Cossack Art Awards and community favourite Red Earth Arts Festival.”

Rio Tinto general manager Communities Ben Laidlaw said the Partnership was innovative in its approach and had already delivered many positive outcomes for the community.

“The key focus is making the region a better place to live through a shared vision and commitment,” he said. “By utilising the expertise of local government to maximise our investment, additional funding is leveraged to enhance the quality of projects and initiatives delivered.”

The 2015 Australia Institute of Management WA and WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards will be announced on Thursday November 19 at Crown Perth.

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