City of Karratha

Pioneering partnership recognised for excellence and innovation

26 Aug 2019

A pioneering partnership between the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto received recognition at the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s 2019 Resources Sector Awards for Excellence in Perth last week.


The Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership was a finalist for the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award, which recognises long-lasting legacy in local communities.

The Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership is a social investment partnership that has significantly enhanced the liveability of all five towns within the City of Karratha by providing improvements to infrastructure, facilities and services at a grassroots level.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Community Infrastructure and Services Partnership combined the best of public and private sector knowledge and experience to deliver positive outcomes for the local community.

“Now in its eighth year, this partnership has contributed to a diverse range of multi-million dollar projects and popular community events, including the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha Leisureplex, Wickham and Dampier Community Hubs, as well as the Cossack Art Awards, Red Earth Arts Festival and NAIDOC Week,” Cr Long said.

“Being a finalist for this award is great recognition of the ground-breaking approach and collaboration taken by the City and Rio Tinto to pool our respective resources to improve facilities, services and amenity across Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.”

The partnership has previously won the WA Corporate Social Responsibility Pinnacle Award, the Australian Business Awards 100 Winner for Community Contribution and has been a finalist for the WA Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

It is currently in the running for the WA Department of Local Government’s Making a Difference Award, to be announced on October 18.

For further information about the partnership, please visit

Image: (left to right) Rio Tinto Manager Community Engagement Shaun McLoughlin, City of Karratha Partnerships and Community Projects Coordinator Nancy Milligan, Rio Tinto Iron Ore Core Services Division Manager Facilities Strategy Louise Thomas, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Chief Executive Officer Chris Adams, Rio Tinto Vice President Corporate Relations Brad Haynes, General Manager Facilities and Core Services Jess Dvorak and Principal Advisor Community Engagement Renae Rutherford. Supplied by WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety