McArthur River Mine (MRM) and Bing Bong Loading Facility are situated on the traditional lands of the Gurdanji and Yanyuwa people. Today these lands continue to be important to these and other local traditional language groups including Garawa and Mara people.
MRM is an active member of the community and works closely with Traditional Owners to preserve the cultural heritage of the local Aboriginal people. We respect local customs and values and safeguard sacred sites within the footprint of our operations.
Our commitment to cultural heritage management has guided the establishment of valued relationships with local Aboriginal people and Traditional Owners. It is critical that our workforce understands the traditional rights and culture of Indigenous people and we have implemented a number of systems and processes to ensure sites of cultural significance and matters of cultural interest are identified and preserved.
Indigenous employees at MRM are an important part of our workforce, currently accounting for 16% of total employees. We respect, recognise and value the cultural rights, practices and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and learn from their wisdom. MRM contributes to a range of initiatives to support indigenous training such as:
- The Strong Start Bright Future Program, which has seen two local School-based Apprenticeships at the mine.
- Our rehabilitation crew from Robinson River keep our tree-planting program on schedule by rotating crews on alternate weeks in the planting season.
- With our partners in the Katherine Mining Services Association, we have identified Flying Fox Station near Mataranka as a key provider for pre-employment training.