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Prospect Awards: Indigenous Engagement Award

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Australian Mining is proud to announce the finalists for the 2020 Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

The Australian Mining Prospect Awards Indigenous Engagement Award recognises collaboration between Aboriginal-owned businesses and mining and minerals processing companies operating within Australia.

The finalists of the Indigenous Engagement Award are:

IronMerge, NRW and IronMerge: Partners for FMG

NRW was awarded a bulk earthworks package for Fortescue Metals Group’s Iron Bridge project in the Pilbara and delivered a subcontract to IronMerge.

IronMerge is a supply nation Indigenous business and the Iron Bridge project sits alongside the Nyamal traditional lands.

Company chairman and Nyamal traditional owner Ian Taylor launched a vision to establish an Indigenous mining services company to service the projects on and around Nyamal lands.

IronMerge has maintained a 60 per cent Indigenous workforce on the project, including two Indigenous women operating heavy earthwork machinery. The company also formed a joint venture with fellow Aboriginal contractor Carey Mining to leverage one another’s capabilities, delivering ongoing employment in the Pilbara.

Monadelphous Group Monadelphous Mechanical Mob

When Monadelphous was awarded a major long-term contract with BHP across several Pilbara sites, it saw this as an opportunity to strengthen ties with the local Indigenous community.

One of these opportunities was with the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Follow the Dream program in Newman, which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students into post-school pathways.

The program includes the Monadelphous Mechanical Mob, which showcases local employment opportunities within trades and engineering to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Monadelphous offers mentoring, training and upskilling in the mechanical field and exposure to the mining industry supporting graduates as they enter the workforce.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, Sandvik Innovate Reconciliation Plan

Sandvik Australia has committed to increasing its employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 2 per cent to 4 per cent by the end of August 2022, through its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The company aims to increase its partnerships with Indigenous-owned businesses and strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities.

Sandvik has set up a steering committee of Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees to keep the company on track to meet the 100 deliverables to achieve the RAP.

Once these are achieved, Sandvik aims to progress the next stage of the RAP to continue its reconciliation journey. Sandvik also educates its employees on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to extend its support to these communities.

Boom Logistics, Indigenous cultural collaboration

Boom Logistics has formed a relationship with the Ghungalou people in Queensland to connect with the traditional owners of the land the company works on.

This included unveiling a new 300-tonne crane named Ghungalou to honour this connection and connect with Indigenous employees to understand the history and traditions of their people. Boom Logistics painted a rock wallaby as a totem on the crane, representing the men of the tribe who traditionally travelled to hunt.

This underlines Boom’s acknowledgement of the importance of community investment and employment to build deeper and more understanding relationships with the Ghungalou people.

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