Ban­jima peo­ple sign agree­ment with BHP

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Court­ney Fowler

The Ban­jima peo­ple signed an his­toric new na­tive ti­tle agree­ment with BHP Bil­li­ton last week.

The BHP Bil­li­ton Ban­jima Com­pre­hen­sive Agree­ment cov­ers an area of 8263sqkm and in­cludes a num­ber of the com­pany’s Pil­bara-based iron ore op­er­a­tions and most of the Ban­jima Na­tive Ti­tle de­ter­mi­na­tion area.

Ban­jima Na­tive Ti­tle Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Slim Parker said through the agree­ment, the Ban­jima Peo­ple had a great op­por­tu­nity to build a pros­per­ous fu­ture through pro­grams and projects.

“We are in the midst of a pe­riod of great change,” he said.

“Change is the name of the game if we the Ban­jima peo­ple are to build pros­per­ity through self-de­ter­mi­na­tion. The Ban­jima Peo­ple are priv­i­leged to be at the fore­front of a fu­ture that can truly be fab­u­lous in all ar­eas of our lives.

“This will en­able sus­tain­abil­ity of our law and cul­ture for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to come.”

BHP Bil­li­ton Iron Ore pres­i­dent Jimmy Wil­son said the agree­ment was be­lieved to be one of the most sig­nif­i­cant of its kind in Aus­tralia.

“BHP Bil­li­ton and the Ban­jima Peo­ple have care­fully con­sid­ered all of the terms of this agree­ment over many years to en­sure it would pro­vide real and last­ing ben­e­fits to both par­ties,” he said.

“With a life of more than 100 years, it pro­vides long-term cer­tainty for both BHP Bil­li­ton, in terms of our cur­rent op­er­a­tions and po­ten­tial fu­ture de­vel­op­ments and the Ban­jima Peo­ple, with re­gards to how we will re­spect and treat their land.

“I am in­cred­i­bly proud that we have se­cured an agree­ment that re­flects our ap­proach of de­vel­op­ing true partnerships with in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ya­matji Marlpa Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, the na­tive ti­tle rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for the Pil­bara re­gion, said the agree­ment was a pos­i­tive out­come af­ter many years of ne­go­ti­a­tion.

YMAC chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Hawkins said it demon­strated min­ing and tra­di­tional own­ers could co-ex­ist if par­ties were will­ing to lis­ten and work co-op­er­a­tively.

The area of the BHP Bil­li­ton Ban­jima Com­pre­hen­sive Agree­ment in­cludes Min­ing Area C, Yandi, Mun­jina, Up­per Mar­il­lana, Min­is­ters North, parts of Mud­lark, Roy Hill and Mar­il­lana.

Pic­ture: YMAC

Mait­land Parker, Jimmy Wil­son (BHP) and Slim Parker af­ter sign­ing a his­toric new na­tive ti­tle agree­ment.

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