Woodside signs fresh Aboriginal deals
New agreements have been signed between Woodside and two of the Pilbara’s largest Aboriginal organisations — Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Limited and Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.
Between them, the organisations act for the Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo, Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Yaburara and Mardudhunera language groups.
Woodside senior vice-president Niall Myles said the agreements were in line with its plans to continue the North West Shelf and Pluto operations for decades.
“Woodside has operated on the Burrup for 35 years and these agreements demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the successful co-existence of heritage and industry,” he said.
The NWS joint venture and NYFL first signed an agreement in 1998, with the updated commitment including increased funding for a number of existing programs and benefits, while additional support has also been made available for several capacity-building and social investment programs.
NYFL chairman Michael Woodley said the agreement was a new milestone in the long-standing relationship between NYFL and the NWS project.
“The benefits provided for will benefit the community through the next generation and beyond,” he said.
Woodside’s agreement with MAC builds on the current support the oil and gas giant provides for the protection, preservation and management of the nationally heritage listed Burrup Peninsula.
MAC chief executive Peter Jeffries said the new agreement was an important next step in their relationship with Woodside.
“This new agreement represents significant progress in delivering recognition and support for the Traditional Custodians of Murujuga,” he said.
Among other activities, the new agreement with MAC provides for the ongoing funding of the Murujuga Rangers, support for education and training initiatives, support for MAC to enhance its commercial capabilities and funding and support for rock art management and World Heritage Listing activities.
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