Aboriginal agreement on LNG signed
THE largest set of Aboriginal agreements in Australia's resources history was signed in Gladstone yesterday.
The Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) project representatives and local Aboriginal traditional owners signed the seventh and final indigenous Land Use Agreement for the project during a ceremony at the GLNG office.
Signing this final agreement, called the Murribindi Gap B agreement, which is one of 42 individual agreements with Aboriginal people for the GLNG project, means the project can begin construction.
The Murribindi agreement covers the GLNG pipeline corridor roughly between the Expedition Range in the west and the Dawson Range in the east. Collectively, the 42 signed agreements are the largest set of agreements with Aboriginal people in Australia's resources sector history.
GLNG president Rick Wilkinson said the agreements were similar to those Santos had with pastoral or agricultural landholders and involved arrangements for land use, access and the way the impact on Aboriginal cultural heritage would be managed.
“The agreements provide surety to everyone – Santos, the GLNG project and traditional owners – that issues such as native title have been considered effectively and appropriately, and that the project can proceed with confidence and won't be subject to delays,” Mr Wilkinson said.
Signatory for the Aboriginal traditional owners, Donna Sandow, said she was happy with the negotiation process.
“The agreement's employment and training component is an excellent foundation for us to address employment and training needs.”