Rio awards facility management contract to Pilbara Aboriginal business

Pilbara Aboriginal business Pindari has been awarded a long-term facilities management contract by Rio Tinto.

The multi-million-dollar contract secures Pindari routine cleaning, grounds maintenance and associated services within nine Pilbara mine sites for five years, with options to extend.

Pindari has been a supplier of labour, electrical and minor works services to Rio for several years across multiple sites in the East Pilbara. However, this is the first long-term contract that Pindari has won with the miner.

The contract creates a stable base from which the Aboriginal business can further expand its core services and develop its capacity within Rio in the future, Pindari outlined in a statement.

“Pindari has provided services to Rio Tinto since 2008, starting out with a handful of tradespeople in infrastructure maintenance to winning multiple accommodation refurbishment contracts, landscaping and building projects,” Pindari executive director Natalie Venosi said.

“We have proven our capability over the years and helped pioneer a relationship with Rio Tinto that led to an exciting Aboriginal business engagement initiative.

“This has resulted in Pindari’s first long-term contract opportunity, creating about 80 new full time jobs for the business, of which at least 30 per cent are filled by Indigenous people.”

Established in 1997 as an electrical contracting business, Pindari has continued to diversify its client base from blue-chip mining companies like Rio and BHP to Tier 1 construction companies and oil and gas operators, such as Woodside Energy.

“This is proof of our commitment to robust systems and processes, rigorous policies and procedures, ongoing monitoring, management and achievement of quality outcomes in relation to staff development, business practices, safety and professional standards.” Pindari managing director and founder David Pidek added.

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