Fortescue Metals Group has awarded PTK Environmental Services a five-year contract extension for its waste management services.
The extension marks a milestone in Fortescue’s Billion Opportunities initiative for Aboriginal businesses, bringing the program’s total value of contracts and subcontracts to $2.5 billion.
PTK is owned and operated by Palyku member Tammy O’Connor, making it one of 117 Aboriginal companies endorsed by Fortescue’s Billion Opportunities program.
“We pride ourselves on the safe, high quality services we provide and it is great to have this recognised by Fortescue with the extension of our contract,” O’Connor said.
“The flow on effect of our work with Fortescue has huge benefits for the community by providing real opportunities for people to get jobs and support their families.”
Established in 2011, the Billion Opportunities program aims to assist Aboriginal people to find jobs.
“Our Billion Opportunities program is a critical element of our commitment to provide economic and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people,” Fortescue chief executive officer Elizabeth Gaines said.
Fortescue funded Aboriginal businesses with over $258 million during the half year.
According to Fortescue chief operating officer Greg Lilleyman, applying waste reduction methods is a priority for the company.
“Last financial year, Fortescue recycled 91 per cent of non-mineral waste, such as food, packaging and office consumables, from across our sites.
“We look forward to working with Tammy and the PTK team as we continue to reduce and manage our waste.”