The Greater Mount Isa Region Mining Industry Forum begins today.
The Forum will raise awareness of the problems and challenges that impact on Indigenous Australians in the broader community through an Indigenous Strategic Awareness Workshop on 10 April 2008 which will provide an educational journey through Indigenous society.
According to the Fderal Government, there will be a strong focus on training and employment in the mining related industries at the Mining Industry Forum on 11 April, with an opportunity to identify direct actions to improve Indigenous employment in the region.
The Forum will conclude with a half day Indigenous Business Development Workshop on 12 April, to inform and encourage Indigenous community members who want to start new enterprises in the region.
The Greater Mount Isa Region Mining Industry Forum complements other important initiatives which aim to improve industry/Indigenous engagement and focus on Indigenous employment in the mining industry.
These include the Minerals Council of Australia-Australian Government Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the Queensland Resources Council / Queensland Government MOU on Indigenous employment and business opportunities.
The Forum is supported by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism under the Working in Partnership Program, in conjunction with Host Partners, the Kalkadoon Community Pty Ltd, Mount Isa City Council and Xstrata Mount Isa Mines.