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First Nations Advisory Team

CRC TiME announces First Nations Advisory Team

06.07.2022 News

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) is pleased to announce the formation of its First Nations Advisory Team (FNAT).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion as First Nations of Australia is critical in achieving CRC TiME’s vision of closure as a valued cornerstone for post-mining economies and the mining industry, building enduring benefit for all Australians.

The Interim CRC TiME FNAT Chair, Jim Walker, of the Yiman and Goreng Goreng First Nations peoples of Australia, expressed his full support at the establishment of the FNAT:

“The importance of having a First Nations Advisory Team involved at the very start of CRC TiME projects will ensure genuine decision making engagement of First Nations peoples and communities in this most important area of mine closure and transitioning into future uses.”

CRC TiME, CEO, Dr Guy Boggs highlighted the significance of the FNAT in ensuring First Nations inclusion in CRC TiME projects:

“CRC TiME is committed to best practice First Nations Inclusion as a vehicle to make decisions that incorporate the interests and concerns of First Nations Australians about mine closure outcomes and opportunities in a co-defined and co-designed approach.”

“We are fortunate in the strong, innovative and experienced First Nations leadership in our First Nations Advisory Team.”

The FNAT will provide advice and support to management to ensure First Nations engagement, participation and outcomes are considered in all CRC TiME project development and delivery processes. FNAT members provide advice in:

  • The identification and development of research and impact strategic priorities for First Nations people
  • The review and recommendation of new project concepts to ensure First Nations perspectives, cultural appropriateness and opportunities of First Nations inclusion have been considered before proceeding to full proposal development within the CRC
  • Ways to facilitate partnerships, enhance engagement and build capacity with First Nations through project delivery and the communication of project/program outputs

Inaugural FNAT members are:

Bep Uink – a Noongar woman from Perth, Western Australia.
John Briggs – a Yorta Yorta man from Cummrugunja.
Liz Santo – a Gudjala/ Waanyi woman from northwest Queensland.
Gerry Turpin – a Mbabaram man from North Queensland.
Jim Walker – a Yiman and Goreng Goreng man.

Click here for FNAT biographies and click on FNAT names to direct link to their socials.