MinRes awards Wodgina contract to Indigenous business

The Wodgina lithium mine. Image: Mineral Resources. Mineral Resources (MinRes)…

The Wodgina lithium mine. Image: Mineral Resources.

Mineral Resources (MinRes) has awarded a five-year contract to Buru Rehab, an Indigenous-owned business that provides professional mine rehabilitation and earthwork services.

The contract concerns road maintenance, dust mitigation, civil earthworks, load and haul, rehabilitation and general site maintenance works at the Wodgina lithium mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Buru Rehab is owned by George Todd, a Traditional Owner of the Country in which the Wodgina mine is located.

“Employing Indigenous people to work on mine sites and be proactively engaged in rehabilitation of country, enables quality outcomes for our people and our Country,” Todd said.

“Along with civil works, Buru Rehab will undertake rehabilitation for MinRes’ exploration and mining activities, restoring the land and supporting it for future uses.”

The contract will see Buru Rehab employ an additional 12 people, bolstering MinRes’ workforce to include more than 65 per cent Indigenous people.

Buru Rehab is also committed to offering traineeships for local Indigenous people, with a traineeship program that is designed to support each individual and provide them with an introduction to mining, while providing flexible working conditions which support individual commitment to culture and family.

MinRes general manager communities and heritage Heath Nelson said the contract will provide subcontracting opportunities for other Indigenous owned businesses.

“We’re pleased that Buru Rehab is providing subcontracting opportunities for other Indigenous owned businesses, giving them security to invest in their own machinery and equipment,” Nelson said.

“This contract will have positive flow-on effects for years to come, offering ongoing employment opportunities for people living in the Pilbara.”

Last October, MinRes contracted Indigenous-owned Djeleanna to carry out exploration earthworks at the Ken’s Bore site.

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