RIRRATJINGU SCORE GOVE DIESEL DEAL
Bunuwal Fuel goes toeto-toe with competitors
RIRRATJINGU Aboriginal Corporation’s Bunuwal Fuel has sealed a new deal with Rio Tinto extending its existing relationship by at least another three years.
The Rirratjingu will supply diesel to Rio’s operations in Northeast Arnhem Land.
The new agreement has a two year option at the end of the three year period.
Bunuwal Fuel imports the diesel from Singapore and then works closely with another Arnhem Land-based firm, YBE, to have it transported from Gove Peninsula to mining operations, ancillary projects and for power generation on the peninsula.
Rirratjingu chairman Bakamumu Marika said the agreement would support jobs and development in Northeast Arnhem Land.
“This is a great result for the local community and the broader Arnhem Land community,” Mr Marika said.
“To have Rio continuing to buy our fuel is a really positive development and it is significant that an Indigenous company is winning such important contracts.
“This means that the profits stay in the community, will support further development and will also provide jobs and training.”
Rirratjingu chief executive Stuart Maclean said the new agreement would further empower the local Indigenous community.
“This agreement will allow us to continue to support the local community and invest in the vital services and infrastructure that is needed,” Mr Maclean said.
“These contracts allow us to deliver programs to improve health, education and employment outcomes for our people.” Mr Maclean said the new agreement was another sign that Indigenous companies could deliver for their local communities.
“We work out of a pretty small office in a remote Aboriginal community, so to go toe-to-toe with some of the biggest fuel giants in the world and win is a great result,” he said.
“We won this contract again because of the price and reliability of supply we can offer — this shows that Indigenous companies can deliver for their communities.”
Last week Rio Tinto confirmed their Gove refinery would not be reopened but they will continue to operate their bauxite mine until 2032.
Rio Tinto’s general manager of Gove Operations Linda Murry, Rirratjingu chairman Bakamumu Marika, Rio Tinto’s Bruce Cox, Rirratjingu chief executive Stuart Maclean and Rirratjingu vice chair Wanyubi Marika