Alcoa reaches WA milestone after mining one billion tonnes of bauxite


Garret Dixon with Aloca’s longest-serving employee, Jim Blacklock.
Garret Dixon with Aloca’s longest-serving employee, Jim Blacklock.

The company celebrated its success with past and present employees, key stakeholders and South West MLC Nigel Hallett (representing Premier Colin Barnett), at an event at the Sebe in Mandurah last week.

Huntley Mine’s Jim Blacklock, Alcoa’s longest serving mining employee at 44 years, was also present.

Mr Blacklock was one of several of Alcoa’s longest serving employees to have a road named after him.

Alcoa Mining president Garret Dixon saluted the hard work and tireless efforts of past and present employees at Jarrahdale, Huntly and Willowdale.

“We’re very proud of this achievement and also our decades-long, internationally recognised land rehabilitation program – one of the most critical parts of the mining process which sees jarrah forest ecosystems restored,” he said.

Mr Dixon said Alcoa had built a world-class integrated mining, refining and smelting system in Australia with a strong sustainability record.

“In Australia, our bauxite is used to produce alumina to supply about 8 per cent of world alumina demand and we make alumina as low as one-third of the greenhouse footprint per tonne of product of some of our Asian competitors.

“Alcoa injects billions of dollars each year into Peel and South-West communities, the state and the nation.

“In WA alone, we employ about 4000 people and inject more than $2.2 billion per annum in local procurement and payroll.

“We also invest millions of dollars and thousands of volunteering hours each year into local community groups and projects.”