In March 2015, Rio Tinto announced an initiative to free up one of the world’s great wilderness areas – an important step in supporting the Western Australian Government’s plans to establish Australia’s largest national park.
Rio Tinto and joint venture partner Alcoa agreed to terminate a historic State Agreement Act intended to facilitate the mining of bauxite and the development of an alumina refinery in the north Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The area is internationally recognised for its rich flora and fauna, tourist attractions such as the spectacular Mitchell and Merthen Falls and Indigenous rock art dating back over 40,000 years.
“All of us at Rio Tinto are very proud to be able to encourage the Government’s ambition to establish a new National Park in the Kimberley region, with this significant addition to the conservation area,” Sam said.
“The Kimberley National Park can now include the Mitchell Plateau area, where Rio Tinto and other mining companies have undertaken exploration since the early 1970s.”