Rio Tinto has launched a recruitment drive for more than 100 new roles at its pioneering bauxite mines on western Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland.
The opportunities are available across Rio Tinto’s operations at Weipa including existing mines at Andoom and East Weipa and the new Amrun mine located south of the Embley River between Weipa and Aurukun.
The new roles aim to build a workforce in the region capable of supporting the developing site at Amrun.
The project includes a range of infrastructure to support mining, including a processing plant and port near Boyd Bay, a dam, roads and tailings storage facility.
A ferry terminal on the Hey River will transport workers from Weipa to the mine.
Positions for electrical and instrumentation technicians, operators, plant fitters and maintenance personnel are on offer.
While some roles will start immediately at Amrun, others will gradually take effect between 2018 and 2019.
Rio Tinto Weipa Operations general manager Daniel van der Westhuizen said “We are excited to offer so many roles across our Weipa mines that will ultimately support our world-class operations.
“It’s an exciting time for our people, business and community with Amrun becoming a part of a strong and sustainable future for the region.”
Employees staying onsite at Amrun while on rotation from Weipa will enjoy individual lifestyle camp rooms with private ensuite facilities, TV with Foxtel, Wi-Fi, pool, gym, cinema rooms, BBQ areas and tennis courts.
Weipa will remain the residential base for the three mines in the region with Andoom and East Weipa employees returning home after every shift.
Rio Tinto East Weipa superintendent and future Amrun employee Scott Tass said the camp was renowned for its livability.
“A couple of years ago when I heard the Amrun project was going ahead, I knew I had to start looking at making my way back to Weipa because I wanted to be part of it.
“Aside from moving the first bit of ore, I’m most looking forward to the facilities there. I’ve been in a number of camps and Amrun stands above the rest.”