Indigenous business Yurra awarded $20m Rio Tinto rail contract in Pilbara creating 20 jobs

Posted: 9th May

Rio Tinto has awarded a $20 million rail maintenance contract to a local traditional owner business in the Pilbara.

Chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will make the announcement at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders in Perth this morning.

Yurra, majority owned by the Roebourne-based Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, will provide civil maintenance over five years across Rio’s sprawling Pilbara rail network.

The contract will support 20 new local Aboriginal jobs and provide training pathways for local indigenous people.

Rio’s iron ore rail, port and core services boss Ivan Vella said it was the most significant contract awarded by Rio to Yurra over the two parties’ six-year relationship.

The mining giant has also awarded a $10 million contract to another indigenous firm, GSBC Yurra, to refurbish the Rocklea Palms accommodation village at Paraburdoo.

Rio is expected to stare down environmentalists at its meeting today over a motion for it to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, including those produced by its steelmaking customers in Asia.

The miner has recommended shareholders vote against the motion, saying it has very limited control over emissions produced by its iron ore customers or future measures to abate them.

Rio’s so-called scope 3 emissions, at 536mt of CO2, represent 18 times the emissions produced by its own operations.

Source: Stuart McKinnon - The West Australian -