Indigenous Empowerment and Partnership

Posted on
March 14, 2019
Gladstone Ports Corporation is committed to bridging the gap through engaging,understanding and celebrating our local Indigenous communities and valuing traditional knowledge.

An Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was executed on 20 March 2014, for a period of 35 years, between the First Nations Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng, Taribelang Bunda People Aboriginal Corporation and Gladstone Port Corporation. This voluntary partnership has been established to ensure the responsible and respectful management of the lands and sea to deliver sustainable and mutual prosperity. This covers a large footprint of GPC’s operations across its three port precincts of the Port of Gladstone, Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

The ILUA provides for consent for grants of tenure and approvals for port development, in return for benefit payments. The benefit payments are distributed through a number of funds and applications are encouraged that meet a pre-determined selection criteria including Education, Training, Capacity Building, Community Welfare, Cultural Awareness and Empowerment Outcomes.

Since 2009, Gladstone Ports Corporation have operated under a Reconciliation Action. It highlights a commitment to reconciliation through relationships, respect, opportunities and accountability. Since 2014, GPC has founded a long term, collaborative and prosperous relationship with the Port Curtis Coral Coast Trust Limited, who in turn, manage the funds to support self-determination.

Gladstone Ports Corporation displays a commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal:

8- Decent Work and Economic Growth

10- Reduced Inequalities

17- Partnerships for the Goals

Our Future Goals:
 Implement programs that support indigenous employment and/or schooling.

The journey.
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