The latest information on how the PBC is promoting the values, culture and interests of the Waanyi people.
Ranger in Charge – Boodjamulla National Park
The Queensland Government is recruiting for the role of Ranger in Charge – Boodjamulla National Park, which also includes Camooweal Caves NP, Finucane Island NP and Royton Timber Reserve.
The purpose of this challenging position is to lead and manage a diverse team with a focus on human resource management; asset, visitor and natural resource management.
As you know Boodjamulla is a remote north western park so it is important that the person is capable of living and working closely with others and is prepared, at times, to be isolated.
The park has its own water, sewerage and power systems and provision of essential services is a regular activity undertaken by Rangers living onsite.
To meet the requirements of the role you must be able to:
- Lead and manage a team to deliver work plans and projects.
- Develop annual work programs including the acquisition and allocation of resources within budgets.
- Plan and deliver specific park management projects (cultural, pest, fire, weed, asset and capital).
- Establish and maintain productive relationships with stakeholders including neighbouring landholders, other government departments, industry groups, commercial operators, recreational user groups and traditional owners.
- Undertake administrative activities such as planning, monitoring, reporting and recording maintenance in line with organisational and financial management guidelines.
- Lead and manage customer contact processes and interactions to deliver engagement, education and advice.
- Lead and conduct compliance and enforcement activities. Assist staff from other agencies with investigations as required.
- Plan and coordinate contingency and emergency responses including natural disaster contingency plans, wildfire response procedures, search and rescue procedures and medical emergency procedures.
- Operate a variety of departmental plant and equipment.
Further information can be found on SmartJobs or by following this link:
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