MEMBERS of the Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance participated in Working in Partnership — The Mining Industry and Indigenous Community workshop in Geraldton in November, as part of the Alliance’s commitment to provide opportunities for the region’s Indigenous community.
The workshop saw mining, government and Indigenous representatives come together to discuss how the industry could develop positive relationships with the Indigenous community and learn more about their aspirations relevant to the mining sector.
Ron Shepherd of the Geraldton Indigenous Coordination Centre said the workshop was about the various ‘corners’ coming together.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together in one room,” he said.
Local Naaguja Elder Yvonne Radcliffe echoed these sentiments.
“It was a chance to get Aboriginal issues out in the open and hear about opportunities for our young people,” she said.
Gindalbie Metals Community Relations and Environmental Manager Greg Kaeding said the workshop went beyond Indigenous employment.
“It was also very much about the broader support infrastructure which is required to facilitate Indigenous opportunity, such as incentives, training and skill development as well as social support,” he said.
Independent Chairman of the Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance