Our Community Funds

Rio Tinto Coal Australia currently operates eight community development funds. The funds were established to allow us to contribute to projects which address educational, economic and social needs of communities and that will be sustainable in the long term. Each group determines how the funds will be used in their community.

They are an integral part of our approach to community relations, a key objective of which is to effectively contribute to communities' long term sustainability. The funds also contribute to our objective of building robust relationships with our communities of interest, through the relationships developed with board members as well as individuals and organisations applying for funding. Effective operation of the funds also requires us to have a sound understanding of the needs and aspirations of each community.

Since their inception, our community development funds in Queensland and New South Wales have contributed more than $21 million to the communities in which we operate.

Wherever possible, we seek community investment opportunities where we are not the only funding source but are one of a number of community and/or government bodies that contribute to a programme that benefits the community. In this way, the long-term sustainability of a programme is increased and community dependence on mining activities decreases over time.

Read more about our funds using the links below.

Coal & Allied CDF

Since its inception in 1999, the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund has contributed more than $11 million to projects aimed at providing benefits for the local community. 

Coal & Allied ADCC

Coal & Allied, in partnership with the Upper Hunter Valley Aboriginal Community, launched the Aboriginal Development Consultative Community (ADCC) in 2006.

Clermont CDF

The Clermont Community Development Fund was established in 2009 and has contributed more than $1.8 million to support communities in the Clermont region to build capacity and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Clermont Aboriginal CDF

The Clermont Aboriginal Community Development Fund  was launched in 2008 and offers funding for eligible projects that will assist the Trustees' vision and objective for the local Aboriginal people over the next 20 years.

Kestrel CDF

The Kestrel Mine Community Development Fund was established in 2003 to support communities in the Emerald and Capella regions to build community capacity, address development challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Kestrel Aboriginal CDF

The Kestrel Aboriginal Community Development Fund was launched in early 2009 to provide funds to support a range of community projects that deliver positive, constructive, real and sustainable outcomes to the Aboriginal Community of Interest, the Kangoulu People and other Aboriginal people within the local Emerald region.

Hail Creek Mine CDF

The Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund was established in 2006 to support communities in the Nebo, Mackay, Mirani and Sarina shires to build community capacity to address development challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Wiri Yuwiburra Community Benefits Trust

The Wiri Yuwiburra Community Benefits Trust was re-launched during 2008 and offers funding for eligible projects that will assist the Trustees' vision and objective for the local Aboriginal people over the next 20 years.

Site sponsorships & donations

Each of our sites has a sponsorships and donations committee. These committees meet monthly to consider applications and approve funding for local community-based projects.