11 Mar Getting to know Here for Gladstone
Here for Gladstone is the joint community contributions of Rio Tinto Yarwun, Boyne Smelters Limited and Queensland Alumina Limited into Gladstone. Growing Gladstone, together.
Here for Gladstone, our three operations have joined forces to improve the livelihoods and welfare of the region.
Here for Gladstone represents the locals we employ, the suppliers we engage, the work we do to tackle social issues such as mental health and domestic violence, the events we sponsor and the formal community programs we develop to help Gladstone grow.
In 2019, our three aluminium and alumina operating sites spent more than half a billion dollars ($531 million) on local suppliers, employed more than 2,600 Gladstone residents full time and engaged more than 1,100 contractors. The sites collectively employed 95 local apprentices and trainees and spent more than $700,000 on community investment programs and sponsorships.
There are three flagship community development programs that live under Here for Gladstone’s formal community programs.
Innov8or, which launched in August 2020, is a 24-week training, mentoring and development program designed to accelerate innovations from concept to commercialisation. Eight of Gladstone’s finest fledgling innovators were selected for Startup Gladstone’s inaugural Innov8ors program. Here for Gladstone provided the founding funding of $80,000 a year to see the program develop, with all three operating sites providing mentors in niche fields such as robotics, drone technology, digital development and artificial intelligence. Building on this, Innov8ors has just launched the Youth Innov8ors program through Gladstone State High School.
MindCare, a new joint project delivered by Here for Gladstone and Gladstone Foundation, is an integrated mental health hub developed to improve access to and information on mental health support and services.
Finally, our business “boot camp”, Here for Business, provides coaching and no-interest loans for new and established businesses in Gladstone. The program helps business owners from a range of industries learn the fundamentals of business success, including developing business plans, exploring marketing strategies, financial management discipline and risk assessments. Since the program was established in late 2017, 23 businesses have gone through the 12-month mentoring program, and we have invested more than $670,000 in microloans. These businesses have created more than 74 new local jobs. .
These formal community programs are governed by an Advisory Board of community leaders and industry experts
On top of our original investment, we made additional contributions during 2020 to help our communities recover from COVID-19.
We made a $1.25 million commitment over five years to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) to improve emergency and remotely delivered health care services across regional Queensland. The partnership funds the maintenance of the patient transfer facility in Gladstone and contributed to the construction of a world-class Aeromedical Retrieval Simulation Hub in Bundaberg.
We contributed $80,000 to Gladstone’s Not-For-Profit House (NFP House) to launch a program to help local charities and other NFP organisations recover from the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.
Finally, we donated $24,000 to help seven local schools transition back to school after learning from home, and also hosted business continuity workshops to coach businesses to get back on their feet.
Here for Gladstone contributes to many organisations that aim to improve the daily lives of the Gladstone community, such as employment, economic diversification, health services, mental health support and family and domestic violence support.
A ‘Here for Gladstone’ Facebook page. has just been launched, our new social media presence will allow us to unearth the stories of the people we support, be it, small business owners, through Here for Business, a local supplier who has won a big contract, or a new apprentice intake. .
Our new Facebook presence gives us the opportunity to engage with our community, and for the community to get to know Here for Gladstone and the work we do a whole lot better.
Together, Rio Tinto Yarwun, Boyne Smelters Limited and Queensland Alumina Limited are the largest employers and economic contributors to the region directly employing more than 2,600 men and women who call Gladstone home. We recognise that our business’s success is so much more than commercial; which is why we aim to be embedded within and valued members of the Gladstone community.