Rio Tinto celebrates local Hunter Valley partnerships

RIO Tinto recently celebrated the success of its community partnerships with an event at the Singleton Rugby Club.

The evening brought together more than 100 people in acknowledgement of their contribution to building a strong and sustainable community in the Hunter Valley. 

Rio Tinto Coal Australia (RTCA) managing director Sinead Kaufman said the partnerships were essential to driving the development of the region. 

“We are proud that for almost 20 years our Rio Tinto Hunter Valley Community Development Fund (CDF) has invested over $15 million to support more than 120 projects in the Hunter Valley across the areas of health, education, environment and economic development,” she said.

“We could not achieve these great outcomes without the support of our dedicated and valued partners – and we are delighted to recognise their hard work with this event.”

The CDF working alongside Rio Tinto’s corporate sponsorship and site donation programs support projects that aim to provide long-lasting benefits to the community.

Outward Bound Australia business development director Eva Breidenbach spoke warmly of working in partnership with the company.

“Rio Tinto has enabled Outward Bound to offer scholarships to children in the Hunter Valley by funding their fees and transportation to the Tweed Valley to participate in our programs,” she said.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to open up new experiences for local children.”

Rio Tinto Scholarship Program recipients Nicholas and Jackson Hough attended the event. 

Both are now students at the University of Newcastle with Nicholas studying chemical engineering and Jackson undertaking a degree in a mechatronic engineering.

“The program has provided great support to both of us,” Jackson said.

“I’m in my fourth year of study and Nicholas is in his second. 

“The scholarships have helped us cover a lot of costs, particularly travel, to attend university.”

The event was catered by students from Singleton High School and was attended by numerous other partners including the Richmond Vale Railway Museum, Cancer Council, Sirolli Institute, Singleton Australian Rules Football Club and Singleton Golf Club.