BHP Mitsui Coal signs Native Title Agreement with Aboriginal Group
Mining Technology reported that BHP Mitsui Coal has signed a native title project agreement with Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation, representing the Barada Barna people, for South Walker Creek mine in Central Queensland. The Barada Barna people are the native title holders of an approximately 3,000 square kilometers area in Central Queensland. The area includes the South Walker Creek Mine.
This agreement with BMC is expected to provide these people with immediate and intergenerational benefits for Barada Barna and BMC. It will help provide financial support for community projects, enabling the Barada Barna people to live and work on-country. The agreement also ensures financial security for socio-economic purposes and non-financial support to these people through contracting, employment, education, business, and training opportunities.
Additionally, the agreement allows the parties to jointly work on cultural heritage management and protect areas of cultural and environmental significance.