Rio Tinto celebrates agreement with Banjima people

07 November 2016

Rio Tinto celebrates agreement with Banjima people

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Rio Tinto is pleased to announce today that our Participation Agreement with the Banjima people has commenced, celebrating a successful conclusion to more than ten years of formal negotiations.

It follows the registration of the combined agreement and Indigenous Land Use Agreement through the Banjima people’s representative corporation, the Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, with the National Native Title Tribunal on 1 November 2016.

Covering an area of approximately 67,000 square kilometres and including Hope Downs 1, rail lines and supporting infrastructure, the agreement provides the business with consents to all current and future exploration, infrastructure and mining within Banjima’s Claim boundary.

The agreement also supports cultural, community and commercial development activity and provides opportunities of intergenerational value including financial and non-financial benefits to the Banjima people.

Participation Agreement signing with the Banjima people.

Rio Tinto chief executive Iron Ore Chris Salisbury said the milestone is a huge achievement for the business and reflects our commitment to Pilbara Aboriginal people.

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of all involved over the last decade to get to where we are today,” Mr Salisbury said.

“This is our tenth agreement in the Pilbara and we are extremely proud to commence our formal agreement with Banjima Traditional Owners. Our relationships with Pilbara Traditional Owners are integral to our privilege to operate and I am proud to say we have now signed agreements with all Native Title Claim groups who hold interests in areas of the Pilbara we operate in.”

Rio Tinto is proud to continue to develop and maintain positive, mutually beneficial relationships with Pilbara Traditional Owner groups and Aboriginal Corporations.

Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Slim Parker said the Banjima people acknowledged the agreement with Rio Tinto concluded many years of negotiations, and required a significant amount of effort from both parties respectively.

“The agreement will benefit Banjima people for many years to come and Banjima look forward to building a lasting and meaningful relationship with Rio Tinto,” he said.