OZ Minerals Century is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its landmark agreement between Century Mine, the Queensland Government and the local Native Title groups whose traditional lands are affected by Century’s operations.
An important part of the Gulf Community Agreement is the commitment by OZ Minerals to train and employ local Indigenous people.
OZ Minerals’ Century Mine in Queensland’s remote Gulf of Carpentaria has actively recruited, trained and retained local Indigenous people since the Gulf Communities Agreement was signed in 1997.
The mine has devised a successful training and employment system for local Indigenous people who want to work at the OZ Minerals Century Mine.
The mine employs a greater proportion of Indigenous Australians than any other mine in Australia – up to 20% of employees being local Indigenous people.
Mining operations Superintendent David Cook said, “This is a big achievement for Clayton Snow, Brenton Murray and Troy Logan.”
“Safety and performance on their shifts were outstanding.
“The people who signed the original Gulf Communities Agreement had big hopes that local people would have career paths at Century.
“Our Gulf Communities Agreement people are really moving up into the supervisory positions now.”
Gulf Communities Agreement Manager, Lloyd Jones, said it was great to see the Gulf Communities Agreement people in mining operations carve out a future for themselves in the industry.
“Century’s achievements under the GCA are unique in the mining industry, and I’m really proud of the team.”
OZ minerals have stepped outside the box with the Gulf Communities Agreement.
Their community relations program is dedicated to training and employing local people and the safety record shows annual improvement, both of which should be applauded and recognised.