Because the Argyle mine operates in a region of significant economic and social disadvantage, a key priority is to help build a stronger and more robust local economy that is not dependent upon the mine's operations.
To achieve this, Argyle values its partnerships with business and community organisations throughout the east Kimberley region. The activities and projects that Argyle supports through its partnerships are designed to improve the life of communities - making towns better places to live in, building community leadership, supporting local cultural events, and improving education and health delivery.
Today, Argyle is a significant contributor to the east Kimberley region in terms of employment, infrastructure, tourism and flow-on business, and provides particular support to local indigenous communities.
The Argyle mining lease area is on the traditional country of the Mirriwung, Gija, Malgnin and Woolah peoples. Following several years of relationship building and negotiation, the Argyle Participation Agreement was registered in 2005 as an Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
The Agreement, which superseded Argyle's 20-year-old Good Neighbour Agreement, acknowledges that Traditional Owners are the mining lease custodians, while in turn the Traditional Owners recognise Argyle's right to mine.
The Participation Agreement with the Traditional Owners of the Argyle land ensures that they benefit directly from the mine’s operations, now and for generations to come.
This agreement recognises the Traditional Owners as the landlords of the Argyle mining lease and formally establishes a long-term relationship between the two parties, based on a shared desire to build a better future for indigenous communities in the East Kimberley.
The Participation Agreement enables financial benefits to be indexed to Argyle's net profit and put into trusts, laying the foundation for a shared commitment to employment, education and business development in the east Kimberley.
A Traditional Owner relationship committee meets regularly to oversee the implementation of the agreement which encompasses land rights, income generation, employment and contracting opportunities, land management and indigenous site protection.