Trust and understanding at Carrapateena

PARTNERSHIP: Chris Larkin (Kokatha) shakes hands with Andrew Cole (Oz Minerals) on the back of the Native Title Mining Agreement.

PARTNERSHIP: Chris Larkin (Kokatha) shakes hands with Andrew Cole (Oz Minerals) on the back of the Native Title Mining Agreement.

The Oz Minerals Carrapateena project has taken another step forward after a vote on the Native Title Mining Agreement was passed by a majority ballot in Port Augusta last week. 

The community meeting was attended by 150 Kokatha common law holders as well as representatives from Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation and Oz Minerals. 

Chris Larkin, Chairperson of the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation said the agreement comes after many years of collaborative work and should be used as a benchmark for how the resource sector and aboriginal communities work together in the future. 

“Last weeks signing of the National Title Mining Agreement is not only an historic occasion for us but …. also provides our community members with, for the first time, a confidence that we will have an agreement that will support our children to get jobs and training,” he said.

Managing Director and CEO of Oz Minerals Andrew Cole said the partnership with Kokatha is more than a business transaction and goes beyond the contractual arrangements.

“I welcome this partnership and am pleased that the Agreement is underscored by a relationship of trust and understanding of mutual benefit between Oz Minerals and Kokatha,” he said.

“Fundamental to creating the trust required for this relationship was making sure we engaged with the Kokatha early — so there was time to build understanding and for them to help define our path.

“This approach is something we aim to continue throughout the life of the Carrapateena project.”

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