MANDURAH resident Raelene Jones has hung up her boots after taking people on tours of Alcoa’s operations for more than 38 years.
Ms Jones was one of Alcoa’s original tour guides who joined the company when it set up the free inside look at its mining and refining operations in 1978. Since that time, more than 600,000 people have toured Alcoa.
Popular among school students, locals and visitors alike, Ms Jones’ tours were packed with an abundance of knowledge and insight into Alcoa’s Western Australian operations.
“What I loved most was being able to work in the amazing Jarrah Forest and to share the knowledge that after mining that forest was being restored,” she said.
“It was truly rewarding to have employees in our current workforce tell me that they chose their profession and to work for Alcoa after coming on one of my tours.”
Ms Jones shared her last tour with delegates from the Kenyan Commission for Resource Allocation and fellow tour guide Rhonda Babitz, who is also off on a new adventure after 23 years at Alcoa.
More than 6000 people go on Alcoa’s free tours each year.
Visit www.alcoa.com.au or call 96530 2400.
Raelene Jones (third from the right), Rhonda Babitz (far right) with delegates from the Kenyan Commission for Resource Allocation.