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Queensland miner's latest kick for Indigenous engagement

David Prestipino -

A leading miner with significant programs that increase Indigenous employment has helped unite players across regional Queensland for a major rugby carnival in Rockhampton.

Bravus Mining and Resources, whose Carmichael Mine in Queensland's North Galilee Basin has minimum employment targets for Indigenous workers, helped fund First Nations rugby players participate in the Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival last week.

The coal miner's support for Indigenous players across northern and central Queensland continued its significant investments to boost First Nations employment and engagement.

Formal agreements between Bravus and Traditional Owners since 2014 have been designed to build multigenerational benefits for the Juru, Birriah, Jangga and Clermont which has created 2,500 jobs and $2 billion for regional Queensland businesses since project work began in 2019.

The company has also designed ambitious Indigenous engagement programs and environmental management work using Traditional Owner contractors.

Bravus head of community Kate Campbell said the miner was ahead of targets in its Indigenous Participation Plan, which pledged $7.5m to education bursaries and pre-employment programs, and $250m to contracting and business development.

It had already reached minimum Indigenous employment targets, with at least 10 per cent of trainees and 7.5 per cent of its general workforce required to be of First Nations heritage.

Ms Campbell said the Rockhampton and Townsville-based operator was proud to continue championing Indigenous engagement through sponsoring events like the annual rugby carnival, hosted by Darumbal Community Youth Service.

"Anyone who knows our business knows we're big backers of rugby league... from the top as a platinum partner of the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL, right down to grassroots level," she said.

Ms Campbell said Bravus was equally passionate about increasing Indigenous employees and providing them with achievable pathways to rewarding careers across the sector.

The collaboration between Bravus and Traditional Owners on environmental sustainability and research at the Carmichael mine was recently recognised at the prestigious Australian Mining Prospecting Awards.

Their partnership included AI-supported monitoring of the endangered Black-throated Finch, and a collaboration with Woongal Environmental Services, which monitors ecological management of the 33,000-hectare conservation area that surrounds the mine, 300km inland from Queensland's east coast that now produces 10 million tonnes of coal annually.

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