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Restoring Country – Scoping opportunities for Indigenous leadership and participation in mine closure and environmental services

Exploring Indigenous-led Participation in Mine Closure and Environmental Services.

Join us on 15 May for the first webinar of the exciting new ‘Restoring Country’ series.

The series will explore First Nations leadership, involvement, and perspectives on mine closure and post-mine environmental, social, community, and economic transformations. The aim of the series is to facilitate open and constructive dialogue about different dimensions of mine closure and post-mine transformations.

This topic is a great start to the series with a range of First Nations speakers discussing: 

  • restoring Country on mined land 
  • the role of Indigenous businesses in enabling Indigenous-led participation in caring for Country 
  • synergies and disconnects with Indigenous Ranger programs 
  • opportunities and challenges for Traditional Owner groups in identifying opportunities and engaging with industry. 

The session opens with a presentation from CRC TiME outlining key findings from the landmark report, ‘Enabling mine closure and transitions: Opportunities for Australian industry’, focusing on the opportunities for Australian businesses and post-mining land-use. 

Speaker Profiles: 

Leslie Schultz – Leslie is a Ngadju traditional custodian and native title holder. He leads the Ngadju ranger and setting up fire programs. Leslie has a wealth of knowledge regarding conservation and land management and will bring his perspectives on Ranger engagement to the discussion.

John Briggs – John is a proud Yorta Yorta man from Cummrugunja, part of the Barmah Forest on the Murray River border region between Victoria and New South Wales. He is Chief Executive Officer and one of three original founders of Intract, growing the Company from Intract Indigenous Contractors (an Indigenous Division of McMahon Services Australia) in 2010, to a successful standalone Indigenous construction company. John is a member of the CRC TiME’s First Nations Advisory Team.

Jyi Lawton – Jyi is a Bidjara man and the inaugural CEO of Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining Energy and Exploration (AEMEE). Jyi is a former CEO of Triple A. With a background in senior positions in both State and Federal government as well as leadership of Indigenous Business Australia’s national business program, Jyi brings a wealth of experience in leadership and Indigenous business advocacy.

Derek Flucker – Derek is the Managing Director of RBY Projects and Manaji Projects and, since 2010, the Chairperson of Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Energy and Exploration. Derek’s industry experience began in 2004 as a founding director of multi-award-winning company Northern Project Contracting (NPC) which was formed to capitalise on the opportunities offered to Waanyi Traditional Owners at Century Mine. Derek has successfully managed contracting companies in the resource sector since and has a particular interest in providing opportunities to the Indigenous and local communities in which he operates.

Other speakers to be confirmed.

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For more information or if you are interested in joining a panel discussion, contact Caroline Williams, Engagement Manager (First Nations).