Indigenous miss out on jobs in Gladstone's LNG boom
ELDERS in the Gladstone indigenous community want to help more traditional owners reap the benefit of the resources industry operating on their native land.
The indigenous community makes up 3.5% of the population in the Gladstone region, above the national average of 2.5%, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data.
Nyarla Savage, a Gooreng Gooreng elder, said jobs were not being delivered to the local indigenous community.
"Those promises when we signed (with the industry for land use) have not taken place," she said.
Richard Johnson, a Gooreng Gooreng tribe member and an elected representative for the Port Curtis Coral Coast Aboriginal Corporation, said he wanted to see the indigenous community working together with their own business development.
"LNG is not your average project," he said.
"It's a monstrous undertaking that is happening here and we should've and could've been more easily involved in the development and opportunities that came with it."
BSL recruits staff on job suitability
BOYNE Smelters is pushing a recruitment drive, looking to offer several apprenticeships to local school leavers.
The organisation doesn't have an indigenous recruitment policy, but general manager Joe Rea said it employed 20 staff who had an indigenous background.
"BSL encourages all interested applicants to apply for advertised roles at the smelter, including indigenous and non-indigenous people," he said.
"We recruit based on suitability for the role."
The company is looking for apprentices for a range of trades.
"We certainly encourage any indigenous people to apply for roles at BSL that they may be suited for," Mr Rea said.
Mr Rea said the opportunity would boost potential careers.
"Our plant's size and complexity means apprentices receive myriad skills and experience during their training," he said.