11 March 2024

Rio calls for local feedback at 14 March Weipa forum

| Cape York Weekly
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Weipa residents will have an opportunity to hear from Rio Tinto, Weipa Town Authority and Queensland Health at the first community forum of 2024 on 14 March. Photo: Supplied.

Rio Tinto will host its first community forum for the year when staff and Weipa residents converge on the Carpentaria Golf Club from 6pm on 14 March, 2024.

The bi-annual forums represent an opportunity for community members to find out what is happening both with the mining giant and the Weipa township itself, with Rio Tinto Weipa general manager Shona Markham set to provide an update to attendees.

“We have a deep connection with the Weipa community, so it’s really important we take the time to come together, share information, answer questions and hear concerns and feedback,” Ms Markham told Cape York Weekly ahead of Thursday’s event.

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“This time, we are having an expo-style event where community members can talk directly to our team about local procurement, job opportunities, employee benefits, community funding programs and electricity billing.”

In addition to Rio Tinto, representatives from Weipa Town Authority and Queensland Health will be in attendance to provide updates about their operations.

Ms Markham said free pizza would be rolled out to ensure community members were well fed while they listened and spoke to presenters and staff.

Rio Tinto has advised community forums will also be held in Napranum, Mapoon, Aurukun and New Mapoon over the coming months.

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