A program providing young people a safe place to relax, play and learn before and after school will be further expanded to deliver weekend sessions. Rio Tinto will invest in a new funding agreement with Roebourne PCYC to expand its existing safeSPACE program for up to 60 young people from the region. The contribution will help cover the operational costs associated with running about 300 weekend sessions, including the cost of training and supporting staff, supplying healthy food supplies and delivering recreational activities. It would also enable the purchase of a dedicated bus to give program participants a safe and effective way to travel to and from the centre. PCYC chief executive David van Ooran said the three-year partnership would enable them to do much more for the community and children of Roebourne. “By delivering safeSPACE at Roebourne PCYC, we will provide local children with the opportunity to take part in recreational and educational activities to enhance their mental and physical wellbeing and empower them to reach their potential,” he said. Rio Tinto Iron Ore communities and social performance general manager Ainslie Bourne said they were committed to supporting PCYC to address gaps in education, health and employment outcomes.