Since we started with our formal community programs in 2002, we have invested $6.35 million into the Gladstone community on a wide range of projects.
This funding has also helped community organisations secure additional grants and contributions in excess of $10 million.
In 2019, our three aluminum operating sites spent more than a half a billion dollars ($531M) with local suppliers, we employed more than 2,600 Gladstone residents full time and engaged more than 1,100 contractors, we employed 95 local apprentices and trainees and we spent more than $700,000 on community investment programs and sponsorships.
Queensland Alumina Limited
One of the largest alumina refineries in Australia, commencing production in 1967.
Boyne Smelters Limited
Operating since 1982 and Australia’s second largest aluminium smelter.
Rio Tinto Yarwun
Youngest in our fleet, Yarwun has been operating since 2004.
Our contribution to Gladstone
Together, we make a $2 billion economic contribution to Gladstone each year.
* 2020 figures.
$846kIn community investment
3,797Employees and contractors employed
$489.6mOn local goods and services
75Community organisations supported
137Apprentices and trainees hired
GM, Queensland Alumina Ltd
Pine joined QAL in 2018 as Utilities manager and moved into the general manager role in 2019, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the aluminium industry across South Africa, Mozambique, Canada, as well as locally at Boyne Smelters Limited and Yarwun. Since the refinery opened more than 50 years ago, QAL has helped shape Gladstone with projects including the Green Belt scheme (duck ponds, swimming pool, tennis, netball and basketball courts and hockey field). He is the Chair for Here for Gladstone.
GM, Rio Tinto Yarwun
Mark arrived in Gladstone in August 2018 for the role of general manager, Yarwun Operations. Previously with Anglo American in South Africa, Mark and his wife, Nelly, and two daughters, Erin and Lauren, chose Gladstone for both the challenge of the role, and the lifestyle and education opportunities available to their family in the region. Maintaining respectful relationships in the community is a priority for Mark and his role on the board for Here for Gladstone has given him a solid view of community need and aspirations.
GM, Boyne Smelters Limited
Lesley has a 15-year career with BSL’s operator, Rio Tinto, most recently as the general manager of Operations for Energy Resources Australia (ERA) at the Ranger mine in the Northern Territory, and before that, at Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond in Western Australia. Her operational experience has given her a strong set of skills across safety management, logistics, projects and planning, fixed plant, business improvement, rehabilitation and site leadership.
Lesley was recognised in the Women in Mining UK’s: 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2020 for her career accomplishments and operational leadership. She has a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity initiatives in industry to make organisations stronger.
Leanne moved to Gladstone in 2013 with her family to open McDonald’s Boyne Island. In addition to her role on the Board for Here for Gladstone, Leanne volunteers as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd, Communities for Children program, is a Boyne Tannum HookUp Fishing Competition Youth Committee mentor and GAPDL Cruise Ship Ambassador. Leanne is also a member of Gladstone Regional Council’s Community Development Strategy Community Reference Group 2020 – 2025.
James has been a member of the Here for Gladstone Board since 2017. As the Dealer Principal at Bill Robertson Toyota and the Secretary of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland since 2018, James is well connected to the business needs of the region. James contributes generously to the Gladstone community in his roles as President of the management committee for EQIP and Board Member for Creative Recycling Centre, both since 2017.
Liz is a well-known and respected political figure in Queensland, elected as an independent to the parliament of Queensland in 1995, representing the electorate of Gladstone. Before entering the state parliament, she serves as a local government councillor for the state of Calliope Shire Council from 1988-1991 and as Mayor from 1991-1995. After retiring from politics in 2015, Liz continues to bring her passion to improve the health and welfare of Gladstone to a range of board positions, including the Here for Gladstone Board.