Rio Tinto IFMS contract commences in Tom Price

Rio Tinto IFMS contract commences in Tom Price

Sodexo is now delivering services to Rio Tinto accommodation and related facilities at or near Tom Price, a remote mining community in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

The team started arriving in Tom Price in the week leading up to mobilisation.

The Tom Price mobilisation included a community sausage sizzle last Friday, which attracted more than300 people who were keen to speak with the Sodexo team about the IFMS service offerings, in particular job opportunities, changes to the property management portfolio as well as new menu offerings at the popular Windawarri Lodge.

Martin Baron Operations Director said the success of the community event demonstrated Sodexo’s commitment to being a valued part of the community in Tom Price and across the broader Pilbara region.

“As we commence operating across the Pilbara region as part of the IFMS contract we are not only welcoming our people into the towns and communities where they will live and work, but also demonstrating our commitment to being a valued part of the community,” he said.

“It is encouraging to see the level of community interest we attracted in Tom Price, with valuable feedback provided and many people expressing their interest in joining the Sodexo team.”  

Martin added that as each service package was implemented that the IFMS team benefited from the experience and learnings and is continuing to grow in strength.

“With every service package comes unique challenges, and the IFMS team have done a tremendous job in working with Rio Tinto, our service partners, suppliers to overcome,” he said.

“The mobilisation to Tom Price went very smoothly, with no safety incidents. Sodexo now has a well-established workforce providing great service to that region, which is a credit to our people.”

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From August 21 Sodexo commenced delivering services to the Tom Price service package area including catering, cleaning, transport, property management and building maintenance to both fly-in, fly-out accommodation sites and Rio Tinto owned properties in the town.

Established to service the nearby mines, Tom Price is the highest town in Western Australia, sitting 747 metres above sea level and near the idyllic Karijini National Park, which boasts stunning natural gorges and scenery.