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Traditional Owner Groups

Traditional Owner Groups

Traditional Owner Groups

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 Clermont-Belyando (formerly Wangan and Jagalingou) people.

Bravus is committed to creating sustainable employment and economic opportunities for First Nations 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 First Nations people.

Managing cultural heritage
  • A Cultural Heritage Committee comprised of Traditional Owners oversees and approves all works on the project as set out in the Cultural Heritage Management Plan, as per the Indigenous Land Use Agreement. This process is prescribed under the relevant government legislation.

The Traditional Owners who make up the Cultural Heritage Committee appoint other Traditional Owners to be on site to oversee these approved works as they are carried out.

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Our Land Agreements

An ILUA is a voluntary agreement between native title parties and other people or bodies about the use and management of areas of land and/or waters. An ILUA can be about any native title matter agreed by the parties, including settlement or exercise of native title rights and interests, surrender of native title to governments, land management, future development, mining, cultural heritage, coexistence of native title rights with other rights, access to an area, and compensation for loss or impairment of native title.

While registered, ILUAs bind all native title holders to the terms of the agreement. ILUAs also operate as a contract between the parties.

There are four ILUAs and Cultural Heritage Managements Plans for the Carmichael Project. These formal agreements have been entered into with:

  • Clermont-Belyando (formerly Wangan and Jagalingou) People

  • Jangga People

  • Birriah People

  • Juru People

Bravus Mining and Resources works with these Traditional Owner groups under the guidance of the individual ILUAs and Cultural Heritage Management Plans so we respect the rights, history, future intentions and requests of First Nations people.

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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 Woongal’s work also includes 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.

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Meet Hal

A proud Birriah man and our Cultural Heritage Superintendent here at the Carmichael Mine.

A member of one of our Traditional Owner groups, Hal joined the Bravus team 5 years ago when he saw an opportunity to get involved with the project and use his skills to maintain, preserve and protect Cultural Heritage at the Carmichael Mine.

Hal's important role means working closely with Traditional Owners as they undertake Cultural Heritage surveys, artefact collection and archaeological testing in line with our Indigenous Land Use Agreement's (ILUA) and Cultural Heritage Management Plans.

As a Traditional Owner for the Carmichael Rail Network with a background in academia, Hal brings a wealth of knowledge about Cultural Heritage practices and a unique connection to Country to the Bravus team.