Land deal brings ‘benefits’
An inland Pilbara traditional owner group has put pen to paper on a deal to boost benefits to its people while giving its blessing for access to part of its land for mining.
The Nyiyaparli people and Greenmount Resources, which runs the Karlawinda Gold Project south-east of Newman, signed a land access agreement last month.
An economic assessment and proposed native title compensation study was also undertaken.
Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Simon Hawkins said the agreement demonstrated positive outcomes for both parties. “The fact that agree- ment was reached within six months shows that when companies and traditional owners work together, negotiations can be concluded in a timely fashion with mutually beneficial outcomes,” he said.
“It has far-reaching benefits for the community ... enabling Nyiyaparli people to have access to training, employment and contracting opportunities associated with the Karlawinda Gold Project.”
Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation chairwoman Edith Hall said Capricorn Metals had agreed to involve Nyiyaparli people in cultural heritage and environmental surveys and studies.
The mining lease for the project was granted on November 23.