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Indigenous Affairs

Gindalbie and Karara recognises that special factors are involved when its operations affect Aboriginal communities. In all cases, Gindalbie and Karara will respect the traditions, customs, culture and dignity of Aboriginal communities. We will consult with Aboriginal communities on field operations which could affect their cultural, social and economic well-being and ability to enjoy a traditional way of life.

Indigenous employment opportunities

Gindalbie and Karara has developed an Indigenous Participation Strategy (IPS) to identify the following programs:

  • Employment initiatives and opportunities;
  • Business initiatives and opportunities; and
  • Community development programs.

Gindalbie and Karara will continue working closely with our major contractors and sub-contractors to promote and develop indigenous employment opportunities. Further opportunities will continue to evolve as the roject grows.

Karara is progressing partnership negotiations with the Mullewa Employment and Economic Development Aboriginal Corporation (MEEADAC) for Joint Venture (JV) programs at the Geoff Wedlock Innovation Park.

Indigenous agreements

Significant progress was made with the development of a native title agreement with the Amangu people. The heads of agreement with the Amangu People is approved for execution and will be executed on an ‘as needs’ basis decided by the Amangu Working Party.

Several other aboriginal groups which do not have registered native title claims but have an association with the region were also engaged. Business opportunities are being jointly explored as well as assisting in the identification and preservation of aboriginal heritage sites.

Several Infrastructure surveys have been undertaken by Karara and the various Native Title Claimant Groups:

  • Amangu;
  • Binyardi;
  • Badimia;
  • West Badimia; and
  • Widi.

As the result of those surveys several Section 18 Notices have been lodged with the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA). This has resulted with several Section 18 Conditions of Consent being granted to Karara. Karara has been compliant with all conditions which have related to:

  • monitoring of all uncleared vegetation;
  • monitoring of all new ground impact;
  • monitoring of all new ground disturbance;
  • salvaging and relocation of artefacts;
  • pit excavations;
  • storage and protection of artefacts; and
  • providing heritage briefings to contractors.

Karara has worked tirelessly over the year to bring together the six Native Title Claimant Groups (Amangu, Badimia, Binyardi, Mullewa Wadjarri, West Badimia and Widi) so that combined surveys can be undertaken. This offers many benefits to the involved parties through the alleviation of the requirement to mobilize individual Claimant Groups for surveys; financial savings; and improved working relationships between Karara and the Native Title Claimants. This also improves the quality of the heritage reports which are submitted to the DIA for assessment due to the cohesion and consistency of advice from the Claimant Groups that this collaborative approach enables.