BHP to strengthen protection of heritage rights

BHP's Western Australia Iron Ore operations Image: BHP

BHP and the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance have agreed to enhance the voices of First Nations peoples in reforming industry heritage protection and legislations.

BHP has deemed that regulatory regimes related to cultural heritage standards and practices must be formed alongside First Nations people to improve its cultural heritage standards and practices.

With the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, BHP has formed a set of shared principles, committing to free, prior and informed consent when making agreements around Aboriginal heritage.

First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance co-chair Kado Muir said he was confident work with BHP would lead to improved cultural heritage protection across Australia.

“We have been heartened by the constructive approach BHP has adopted to our discussions with them,” Muir said.

“Together we are determined to drive industry reform and legislative change that improves both agreement making and the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage which is of immense value to all Australians.”

BHP president minerals, Australia Edgar Basto added that he looked forward to working in partnership with the First Nations Protection Alliance to deliver on the agreements made together.

“I acknowledge traditional owners and the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance for their trust and contribution to a shared future that strengthens our protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage,” Batso said.

“I look forward to our continuing partnership to deliver the commitments we have made together and our shared objectives for mutual benefit.”

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