Rio Tinto Awards Significant Rail Contract To Growing Pilbara Traditional Owner Business

Rio Tinto has signed a landmark new contract with a growing Pilbara Traditional Owner business, a strong recognition of its expanding capability in rail maintenance.

Yurra Pty Ltd., majority owned by the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) which is the appointed representative of the Yindjibarndi people, will provide civil maintenance services on and around Rio Tinto’s Pilbara rail network in Western Australia.

The five-year contract, worth about A$20 million (US$14 million), will see Yurra grow and develop their local workforce while also bringing in other specialist expertise to help build new capabilities. It will also maximise benefits for the wider community in Roebourne and beyond by directly supporting 20 new local Indigenous jobs and providing further internal training pathways for local Indigenous people.