Youth service programs receive sponsorship boost

Published on 14 December 2022

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Youth service programs in the Shire of Broome will receive a significant boost thanks to a new $180,000 sponsorship from Rio Tinto.

The three-year partnership between the Shire and Rio Tinto extends from the latter’s annual financial contribution towards local youth development initiatives in place since 2014.

It sees funding increased from $20,000 per annum to $60,000 injected annually to support the Place Activation & Engagement Officer (Community Safety and Youth) role.

It will also contribute to the delivery of the Shire of Broome Youth Plan (2021-2025), which guides the development and implementation of youth programs and services being delivered or proposed by the Shire of Broome.

These include the Broome Youth Advisory Council, the annual Youth Forum, school holiday events, and youth-focused activities at the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

Shire of Broome Deputy President Desiree Male praised Rio Tinto’s continued support of local youth services and said the new deal will lead to more opportunities for young people to become involved with planning for services and facilities designed to meet their needs.

“Even with the best intentions, there isn’t much point designing youth programs without input from the young people they are meant to benefit,” Cr Male said.

“With Rio Tinto’s support, the Broome Youth Advisory Council in particular has led to excellent outcomes by encouraging young people to engage with their peers to determine the type of events and activities they want and feel are important.”

“Youth programs play a vital role in maintaining wellbeing in the community, and their impact can be felt across many families and generations,” said Sean O’Hanlon, General Manager of Rio Tinto’s West Angelas mining operations.

"We believe in creating meaningful and engaging partnerships in the communities in which our people live and are proud to be building upon and strengthening our commitment to the youth of Broome to deliver lasting benefits."


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