The Waanyi people are continuing their longstanding relationship with MMG Century Mine following the end of production at the zinc operation in Queensland’s lower Gulf region.
Waanyi ReGen (WRJV), a 50:50 joint venture between the Waanyi Prescribed Body Corporate (Waanyi PBC) and ReGen, a Downer Mining enterprise, has been awarded a labour hire contract for care and maintenance activities at the Lawn Hill site.
The three-year contract covers water and land management and erosion prevention activities.
The Century mining operation entered care and maintenance in February this year following final processing at the Lawn Hill site.
The Waanyi people are the traditional owners and Native Title holders of the lands on which the Lawn Hill mine and processing site is located.
MMG said that over the mine life of Century about 1000 Indigenous employees had worked at the site.
MMG chief executive officer Andrew Michelmore said the company was pleased to extend its longstanding partnership with the Waanyi people into the next phase of Century mine’s life.
“Our objective has always been to create a lasting positive legacy and this commitment endures during this next phase in Century’s life,” he said.
“The award of the contract to the Waanyi ReGen further reinforces our support for the Waanyi people and the Waanyi PBC,” he said.
The Waanyi ReGen joint venture is chaired by Independent chair Nyunggai Warren Mundine and a board which includes two members each representing the Waanyi PBC and ReGen.
“The joint venture between Waanyi PBC and ReGen was born out of the vision and desire to do good.” Mr Mundine said.
“Restoring and healing country physically and spiritually through a commercially operated business that will lead to economic activity. This will create jobs, build businesses and grow the socio-economic future of the Waanyi people.”