The PKKP Aboriginal Corporation has a new chief executive at the helm to help traditional owners put in place a co-management agreement with mining corporations in the wake of Juukan Gorge. Grant Wilson, a qualified chartered accountant, began in the role on May 1. He has previously been an advisor to the PKKP corporation and provided finance service advice. PKKP Corporation administers the traditional lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama people and the Pinikura people on their behalf, covering about 10,888 square kilometres. Mr Wilson said he was excited to be taking up an expanded role with the corporation and working with and for the PKKP people. “This is a critical time for the corporation as it works to put in place a co-management agreement with Rio Tinto in the wake of what happened at Juukan Gorge,” he said. The 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge shelters were destroyed by Rio Tinto on May 24 as part of its mining operations at Brockman 4, causing widespread outrage and a Federal inquiry. “Working with the board, committees and members, I believe we can achieve a fairer, more respectful arrangement with those seeking to operate on PKKP country,” Mr WIlson said. “That is a major focus, but I look forward to working as part of the corporation in its continuous efforts to protect important cultural knowledge and sites, as well as identifying, developing and delivering social, environmental and economic opportunities that benefit PKKP people.” PKKP chairman Burchell Hayes said Mr Wilson had established the corporation’s operational and compliance framework in his role as a change management specialist. “During that time Grant has fostered a strong relationship with the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura community, demonstrated his commitment to our people and has an intimate understanding of the agreements and relationships with mining proponents and other external stakeholders,” he said.