The Indigenous Mining Workforce on the Gove Peninsula
Giesetalks for 20 minutes, then he gets in his car and drives away This is the first mining agreement on the Gove Peninsula (Yunupingu 2009, p.
The relevance for the Gove Peninsula is that, on the 8 June 2011, the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, ratified the first historic mining lease agreement between the international mining corporation (Rio Tinto Alcan) and the Traditional Land Owners (Gumatj, Rirrantjingu and Galpu) at Yirrkala.
Many of the Indigenous working-age group in the Gove Peninsula Region remain detached from the labour market.
Reviewing the archival evidence reveals that, for over 70 years, few Indigenous people have been employed in the mining operations on the Gove Peninsula.
Bauxite was discovered on the Gove Peninsula during the Second World War.
Subsequent to NABALCO, the mining operators were Alcan Gove Operations, Rio Tinto Alcan, and currently Pacific Aluminium administers the mining refinery complex on the Gove Peninsula.
From the mid-1970s to 2000, few Indigenous Yolngu people sought regular employment in the Gove Peninsula mining operations.
The decision by the Northern Territory Government to guarantee gas supply to the Gove peninsula will also be beneficial for the long-term energy needs of the Northern Territory.
Today s decision will allow the Federal Government to continue giving proper consideration to proposals that, if agreed to, would enable the construction of the required infrastructure that would assist in getting the allocated gas to the Gove peninsula.