Mega Uranium has announced an agreement to guarantee contracting, employment and training opportunities for the Indigenous people of Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields.
The joint venture was signed by Mega Uranium, GLH Contracting and members of the Tjupan community yesterday.
The deal will ensure the local community will receive substantial economic benefits from the Lake Maitland uranium project, 105 km south-east of Wiluna, the company said in a statement.
GLH will work with the Tjupan people to provide civil and mining contracting services for the project.
Mega Uranium executive vice president Peter McNally said the agreement would provide real employment opportunities for the people of Wiluna and the Lake Maitland areas.
“This agreement will empower the traditional land owners of the region in the long term sustainability of their communities,” he said.
“By providing training and skills that are transferable within the resources sector and related industries, individuals in these communities will gain benefits that will outlive the life of individual mining projects.”
The company has been involved in long-standing negotiations with the community and their native title representative body, Central Desert Native Title Services, over the management of the Indigenous culture and heritage within the project area.
GLH Contracting managing director Neville Stewart said the agreement would increase opportunities for traditional land owners to gain contracts.
Mega Uranium’s Lake Maitland project will also create 300 jobs in regional infrastructure such as medical facilities, roads and accommodation.