Century understands and acknowledges that Indigenous people of the Lower Gulf region, in which its mining, processing and Port facilities are located, have a special connection to their land.
As defined by the work completed by the previous mine owners, we have protocols and procedures to respect and support cultural heritage and sites of significance to ensure that:
- Sites of cultural significance are protected and managed;
- Cultural heritage is considered prior to ground disturbance works;
- Our operations comply with commitments and conditions described in the Gulf Communities Agreement (GCA), a Native Title agreement between Century, the Queensland Government and four Traditional Owner groups of the Lower Gulf.
When required, the site employs Cultural Monitors to conduct cultural clearances before the commencement of new ground disturbing work on areas associated with its operations.
Gulf Communities Agreement
Century is a signatory to the Gulf Communities Agreement (GCA), an agreement between the mine, four Native Title groups of Waanyi, Mingginda, Gkuthaarn and Kukatj, and the Queensland Government.
The GCA specifies particular benefits and obligations on each party, which exist throughout the life of mining project.
In negotiating the GCA, which was signed in 1997, Traditional Owners intended for the mine to contribute to the social and economic development of the Gulf while protecting and promoting cultural heritage.