Traditional owners to see more benefits from Ranger mine

Energy Resources Australia has secured a deal to help deliver more financial benefits and social initiatives to traditional owners near the Ranger uranium mine in the NT.

In a statement ERA said a number of agreements had been inked with Mirarr traditional owners, the Northern Land Council, and the Commonwealth Government.

Under the deal ERA will contribute funds to a trust that will deliver social initiatives in the local region.

Other financial benefits, and opportunities for increased Aboriginal participation and training have also been agreed on.

ERA CEO Rob Atkinson said the agreement represented a strengthening tie between the mining company and traditional owners.

“These negotiations, which involved some very complex legal, cultural, and operational considerations, have taken many years and much hard work by all parties,” he said.

Atkinson also said the agreement addressed a number of “historical issues” for the mine, and provided a new framework for collaboration in the future.

The Ranger mine has been producing uranium for decades, and on its website ERA said conditions for mining the deposit were set out in agreements made with the NLC under the Federal Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

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