Bravus is committed to supporting the communities we are part of. We have close relationships with regional economic development organisations, community groups, councils and charities. Our success relies on the support of our partners.
Community Partnership Program
Our Community Partnerships Program assists not-for-profit organisations and community groups with initiatives and events within our project footprint. This annual program is awarded quarterly.
- Round 1 – 1 January – 15 March 2021
- Round 2 – 1 April – 15 June 2021
- Round 3 – 1 July – 15 September 2021
- Round 4 – 1 October – 1 December 2021
Please complete the online application form before the closing date for each round.
Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy
Bravus has been supporting the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy’s (QMEA) school programs since 2018. QMEA is a highly successful program educating students on the various pathways into the resources sector and other science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries. Bravus supports schools across the Carmichael project footprint including those in Townsville, Rockhampton and Charters Towers.
Bravus is also a proud sponsor of the QRC/Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Girls Mentoring Program for QMEA female students completing year 12.
Bravus respects and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land of which the Carmichael Mine and Rail project is located - the Juru, Jangga, Birriah and Wangan and Jagalingou people.
Bravus is committed to creating sustainable employment and economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.
Our Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Cultural Heritage Management Plans support the development of skills and training as well as how areas of significance are preserved during construction and operations. These agreements have been in place since 2014 and will create multigenerational benefits for these groups.
We work with our Traditional Owners under the guidance of these formal agreements and plans, so that we respect the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the Indigenous People.
Our Land Agreements
An ILUA is a voluntary agreement between a native title group and other about the use of land and waters. These agreements allow people to negotiate flexible, pragmatic agreements to suit their particular circumstances. ILUA’s cover topics such as native title holders agreeing to future development, how native title rights coexist with the rights of other people, access to an area, extinguishment of native title, compensation, employment and economic opportunities for native title groups, cultural heritage and mining, Bravus works with the Traditional Owners under the guidance of these formal agreements and plans so we respect the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the Indigenous People. There are four ILUAs and Cultural Heritage Managements Plans for the Carmichael Project.
These have been entered into with:
- Wangan and Jagalingou People
- Jangga People
- Birriah People
- Juru People.
Woongal Environmental Services
Woongal Environmental Services, a Wangan and Jagalingou owned business, monitors and reports on environmental impacts for the mine and rail project. This includes an agreement to manage Black-throated Finch habitat on the non-mined areas of the leases, and the conservation area.
Services through the contract include environmental monitoring and management to support the finch including surveys, monitoring and reporting. The work will also include land and weed management, installing fences to protect important and sensitive habitat, installing fire trails and undertaking fire management.
Woongal is chaired by Gooreng descendant of the Port Curtis Coral Coast Nation, Tony Johnson. The partnership means Bravus receives the scientific and environmental expertise required to deliver on its environmental management plans, while benefiting from the cultural knowledge of the Traditional Owners.
Community and Stakeholder Feedback
Bravus is committed to genuine community engagement and positive working relationships with stakeholders, including the receipt and actioning of comments and feedback.
During 2020 / 2021 in partnership with Greater Whitsunday Communities, Bravus ran a series of Community Consultative Committee meetings across the project footprint. These meetings will continue as we move into the operations phase of the project.
You can read more about our Feedback Policy here.
Roads and infrastructure
Since starting construction, activity onsite has included work to remove overburden in the mine open cut, land clearing and surveying, fencing works, civil earthworks, building roads, pads, site office establishment, dam construction, airfield expansion, rail laying and much more.
Part of the construction involves delivering more benefits for the region. We have already spent $20 million upgrading public roads in the region and there’s another $100 million to come.
We are doing this so that ratepayers don’t have to cover the cost of the wear and tear our trucks and other vehicles cause to these roads.
We are paying our own way and at the same time we are improving the roads as an added benefit for the locals who use them.
Our success is directly aligned with the support and advocacy from our partners. We work closely with regional development organisations, Chambers of Commerce, community groups and councils to support the communities in which we operate.