The latest information on how the PBC is promoting the values, culture and interests of the Waanyi people.
Waanyi ReGen Joint Venture (WRJV), a 50:50 joint venture between Waanyi Enterprises, representing the Waanyi People, and ReGen, a Downer Group business, have been awarded a landmark contract by Century Mining Limited (CML) to provide training services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities local to the Century Mine.
The WRJV, which includes three members from each joint venture party, represents a significant step forward for the representation of the Waanyi People, who are the traditional owners of the Century Mine site.
Since July 2016 WRJV have been carrying out care and maintenance activities at Century Mine, which is on Waanyi Land five hours north of Mount Isa, in the Lower Gulf. The current workforce is comprised of 40% Waanyi personnel.
The Waanyi PBC, led by Chairman Alec Doomadgee, has been campaigning through the WRJV to increase the representation of Waanyi People within the Century Mine workforce, which this contract will deliver.
New Century’s decision to award the contract has broader implications for Waanyi People in the
Lower Gulf, by providing new economic and social opportunities where previously few were available.
It is the broader implications of this contract that cannot be understated, according to Waanyi PBC Chairman Alec Doomadgee.
“This is the first time in the Lower Gulf Region’s history that a contract of this nature has been awarded to the Traditional Owners of the land on which the mining activity has occurred, and signals the dawn of a new era in the Gulf.”
“This is what Aboriginal self determination and independence looks like, as we now have genuine pathways for our people to become self sufficient and to determine their own future. We are training tomorrow’s leaders of the Gulf on our own land, and I look forward to watching them grow to become masters of their own future.”
“This is a great day for the Waanyi people of the Lower Gulf, and the Waanyi Regen Joint Venture.”
The Waanyi People are the descendants of ancestors who roamed the lands of the Gulf region thousands of years ago, and from that time we have shared a special relationship with our ancestral lands.
The essence of Waanyi culture is the relationship with the land. The land is not just rocks and mountains, canyons and soil, trees and rivers – each element of the environment has its own story of creation and inter-connectedness. The land is sacred and our deep reverence for nature has enabled us to live in harmony with the land and its animals for generations. Today we number approximately 2000 people who live predominantly in and around the town of Doomadgee and its surrounding Country.
The PBC seeks to provide a better, sustainable future for the Waanyi People of North West Queensland. In order to bring this vision into reality, the Waanyi PBC has developed 7 key community priorities. These are
- Improvements to the lifestyle and welfare of the Waanyi People
- The protection of capital for the future
- Employment opportunities for the Waanyi People
- Establishment of local businesses in Doomadgee and surrounds
- Investments outside of Doomadgee
- Preserve and protect the cultural heritage of the Waanyi
- Improved outcomes for the Waanyi People through culturally-aligned education
We have 4 simple aims:
- To get back country
- To look after country
- To get control of the future
- To have a strong organisation