We strive to develop enduring relationships with those communities in and around where we work and live, built on mutual respect, active partnerships and long-term commitment.
In Western Australia during 2015, some highlights from our work with communities include:
- We held the inaugural Colours: From Country to Coast art exhibition in Busselton, Western Australia, showcasing the works of Pilbara Aboriginal artists from Roebourne Art Group and Yinjaa Barni Art Centre. This special event builds on the success of our long-running Perth-based Colours of our Country exhibition which features artworks from Pilbara Aboriginal artists. At Colours: From Country to Coast, 23 artworks were sold, generating sales of $36,750. Pilbara artists also ran workshops for local students and hosted guests as part of the 2015 CinéfestOZ Film Festival’s IndigifestOZ programme.
- As a founding partner of the West Pilbara Turtle Programme, we celebrated 10 years of partnership, enabling the community to learn and engage in the conservation of flatback turtles. Turtle monitoring is coordinated by the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife in collaboration with more than 150 volunteers.
- Our partnership with the City of Karratha has been instrumental in enhancing community life through the delivery of new and improved services, events and festivals, and investment in community infrastructure projects. During 2015, the partnership was recognised for programmes and activities that continue to activate spaces in the region, increasing community participation, a sense of belonging and a strong regional identity:
- The partnership won the 2015 Australian Business Award under the Community Contributions category.
- The Cleansweep Taskforce won the 2015 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Programme WA Award for Waste Management and Litter Prevention.
- The unique regional art exhibition, the Cossack Art Awards, won the Western Australian Events Award at the 2015 Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence.
- Our support of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project The Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming continued in 2015, with field work commencing across the Dampier Archipelago. This co-funded partnership with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and University of Western Australia enables focused research into the age and composition of the rock art and other archaeological features found.
- We established a new five year partnership agreement with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation to contribute to the Murujuga Ranger Program.
- Within our organisation, collaboration between our cultural heritage, engineering and geotechnical teams has driven improvements in managing cultural in proximity to our mining activities including the development of a guideline for managing significant rock shelters or caves.
- Employees completed online cultural awareness training, as well as Pilbara-specific cultural awareness training delivered by Traditional Owners. These programmes contribute to an enhanced understanding of Aboriginal culture and its relevance to our business. During 2015, 96 per cent of employees and contractors working in our iron ore business for more than 12 months have completed cultural awareness training.