The Queensland Government and Zinifex Century Mine have formed a Gulf Communities Agreement Management Board to ensure recommendations made in the Gulf Communities Agreement Act five yearly reviews are met.
When the Gulf Communities Agreement (GCA) was first agreed upon in 1997, one of the conditions was that the Queensland Government and Zinifex Century Mine would conduct a review of the CGA every five years.
In the most recent review, the CGA management board was formed.
OZ Century’s Gulf Communities Agreement Manager Lloyd Jones said the board would be on hand to make sure the CGA scheduled agreements are delivered to provide maximum benefits to all parties.
Lloyd said the Management board differed from other board in the region because it gave Native Title Groups, OZ Minerals and the Queensland Government the opportunity to interact on an equal footing.
Since the board was formed, they have undertaken governance training and agreed on meeting structures.
The key focus of the board in the near future is a Business Forum and Young Leader’s Forum.
The first Indigenous Business Forum will be held at OZ Century and will focus on existing Indigenous businesses.
The potential future plan is to develop a network of Gulf Indigenous Businesses that can offer mentoring.
Zinifex Century Mine’s general manager John Lamb said the Indigenous forums were an opportunity for site based Indigenous businesses to show leadership and share experience with new businesses.
“It’s an opportunity for old and new businesses to link in with the Oz Century management team and use their expertise,” Lamb said.