12 JUNE 2019
Celebrating NAIDOC Week across our Australian operations
During NAIDOC Week our Australian operations have celebrated the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
To connect with local Indigenous culture, Noongar artist, Phillip Hansen, was in residence for the week at our Worsley Alumina operation. Taught by his mother, Phillip painted a mural on the wall near the main gate of our refinery.
“This artwork is about animals, that were a big part of my life. I pay tribute to these Australian icons for being a part of my life in this painting called “A Beautiful Land.”
Employees at Worsley Alumina were also invited to attend a flag raising ceremony to acknowledge the culture of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Local Elders, Joe Northover and Greg Thorne provided a warm welcome in language to Wilman and Keneang Country and spoke about their cultural connections to the land where we work.
Our Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operation in New South Wales proudly supported the Tharawal Family Fun Day, a community event that showcased the achievements of the traditional owners of the southern and south western Sydney area, the Dharawal people.
Hosted by the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council, the day attracted over 1000 people, who took part in cultural activities and enjoyed free rides and a community BBQ.
Our GEMCO operation was a proud sponsor of the Angurugu NAIDOC Week Awards, which recognise the significant achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on Groote Eylandt. One of our colleagues – Kenny Morton, Operator – walked away a winner, receiving an Award for Sportsman of the Year.
At our Cannington operation, an Indigenous inspired menu featuring kangaroo, crocodile and emu sausages was served at a BBQ for our employees.