GALLERY: Rio Tinto fund gives due recognition
RIO Tinto took the opportunity to celebrate the success of the Rio Tinto Community Fund initiative at an end of year function at the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum on Thursday night.
The evening championed the success of the two programs under the fund, Here for Business and Here for Health.
The programs were launched to provide a helping hand to small business and to help tackle healthcare issues to ensure quality and longevity.
Chair of the Rio Tinto Community Fund and general manager of Queensland Alumina Limited, Mike Dunstan said the initiatives helped build knowledge and offer assistance at a grassroots level.
"There's a lot of small businesses out there that need a helping hand," he said.
"They don't necessarily need money, they need to know what to do.
"We think the best way we can help the community is by having businesses that are thriving, know how to grow so that they can create employment for themselves."
The evening was seen as an opportunity for Gladstone's industry partners to celebrate the business community's success. "It's to recognise the people who have contributed so much," Mr Dunstan said.
"What we do is we bring people together but its actually the community members themselves that we're celebrating.
"It's not Rio Tinto's achievement, it's the achievement of the people who are participating and you can see that energy and passion."