Fortescue Metals Group has awarded $100 million of new work to Aboriginal businesses and joint ventures at its iron ore operations in the Pilbara of Western Australia.
The new work includes $65 million in partnership with Yindjibarndi-owned businesses.
Fortescue’s announcement brings the total value of contracts, sub-contracts and works awarded through its Billion Opportunities program to $1.95 billion.
Involving Fortescue’s traditional owner and native title owned businesses, the work includes:
- Non-processing infrastructure maintenance works at the Solomon Hub in partnership with the Thiess – Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Enterprises (WMYE) Joint Venture
- Industrial services at the Solomon Hub, Port and Rail from PTW Environmental Services Pty Ltd (PTW), includes ownership by Wintawari Guruma Enterprises Pty Ltd
- Site-wide waste management by PTK Environmental Services Pty Ltd (PTK)
- Civil and earth moving services at the Solomon Hub supplied by the NRW – Eastern
- Guruma – WMYE Joint Venture.
Palyku Traditional Owner and PTK director and shareholder Tammy O’Connor said, “The flow on effects of our work with Fortescue has huge benefits for the community by providing real opportunities for people to get a job and support their family.”
PTW director and shareholder Geoff Stocker said he has enjoyed a growing and mutually beneficial relationship with Fortescue for more than a decade.
“Fortescue is leading the pack by building long-term, sustainable partnerships with Aboriginal businesses,” Stocker said.
Fortescue chief executive officer Nev Power said, “The continued growth of Fortescue’s Billion Opportunities program is fundamental to our excellent, long-standing relationships with Aboriginal communities.”
“These works will provide employment and business opportunities for our Traditional Owner and Native Title groups in the Pilbara, as we continue to ensure our communities benefit from the growth and development of Fortescue,” Power said.
“We are particularly proud of our ongoing partnerships with Yindjibarndi People through the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, as they work toward a better future for their community by embracing training, jobs and business opportunities.”