Gumatj Corporation delivers first shipment of bauxite to China
Northern Territory Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Gumatj Corporation, an Aboriginal-owned corporation from Nhulunbuy, Arnhem Land, is achieving great outcomes for the local community, including in the future of mining.
Klaus Helms, CEO of Gumatj Corporation, spoke to DFAT's Northern Territory Office about the commencement of a 100 per cent Indigenous-owned training centre and mining operation. The partnership with business and both the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments, "was a major step forward in building a sustainable future for local Yolngu people," Helms says.
"With Rio Tinto's support, Yolngu people can receive on-the-job training at the Gumatj mining operation. The skills they develop will open up opportunities for them to build careers in the mining industry in the Northern Territory and beyond."
The first shipment of bauxite took place on 13 May 2018, and has started generating economic benefits for the local region. Mr Helms says more Indigenous jobs will be provided as Gumatj Corporation now also has a haulage contract to move the bauxite from Gulkula mine to the Rio Tinto crusher.
Linda Murry, Rio Tinto's General Manager, Nhulunbuy, said Rio Tinto was very pleased to see this local partnership evolve and for the company to take on the role of customer of the Gulkula mine. "Rio Tinto is committed to supporting initiatives to ensure the sustainability of the Northeast Arnhem Land community into the future."