Amrun will provide jobs and support business growth in the region for decades to come. Wherever we can, we employ locals, buy from locals and look for opportunities to grow local businesses.
At the peak of Amrun's construction 1,200 people worked on site. During construction we employed close to 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and over 900 people from Queensland. In fact we received a Queensland Mining Award for our approach to local Aboriginal employment.
During construction we also awarded A$1.5 billion worth of contracts to Queensland suppliers, including A$244 million to 71 businesses from the local Western Cape area. And we’re looking long-term too. Because working parents are finding it tough to get child care, we're partnering with the local community centre to increase the number of child care educators in the area, as well as expand the existing Rio Tinto-owned child care centre.