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Rio TintoAusBNAusBN - Mining giant Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) will create 300 jobs for indigenous people in North Queensland, as construction work begins on the AUS$2 billion Amrun bauxite project.

The company operates under a Kinections pre-employment programme which provides training courses to locals and has also recently awarded a $22 million contact to Sodexo, who will supply camp management services to site.

Part of this deal includes an indigenous employment target of 20% within two years. This target is set to be achieved at its peak, the project should provide up to 1,000 jobs.

Brad Walsh, manager community relations for Rio Tinto’s Weipa operations said: “Businesses bidding for contracts over $1m must complete a Local and Indigenous Participation Plan.

“Strong partnerships developed with the region's traditional owners are essential to the success of the site.”

The Amrun project involves the construction of related infrastructure to support the mining facility, such as a processing port, a dam, a tailing storage facility and a ferry terminal to transport workers from nearby Weipa to the mine site.

Production and shipping is set to commence at the beginning of 2019.

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