RIRRATJINGU SCORE GOVE DIESEL DEAL

Bunuwal Fuel goes toeto-toe with com­peti­tors

NT News - - BUSINESS - ASH­LEY MANICAROS

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.

Pic­ture: MATT GAR­RICK

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

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