Project:Mining & Energy

Wonnarua/Wanaruah Language Group and Aboriginal Stakeholders, Capacity Building and Planning (BHP Billiton)

Wonnarua/Wanaruah Language Group and Aboriginal Stakeholders, Capacity Building and Planning (BHP Billiton)

#Overview

Building on the outcomes of the Mt Arthur Coal Sustainable Communities Project, Plan C undertook an engagement process with the Wonnarua/Wanaruah Language Group and Aboriginal stakeholders of Muswellbrook and surrounding areas.

This participatory planning process aimed to build capacity of the Wonnarua/Wanaruah Language Group and Aboriginal stakeholders in the Upper Hunter to maximise the benefits from the mining industry. High levels of engagement and dialogue informed the development of recommendations, with more than 100 Aboriginal stakeholders engaged through culturally appropriate activities.

#Key Outcomes Achieved

Determined the short-term priorities to be implemented by the mining industry to support increased collaboration with the Aboriginal community

Identified the needs of the Aboriginal community to build their capacity to participate in local economic and community development

Determined the best strategies and methods for ongoing engagement with the Aboriginal community and inclusion in future projects and initiatives

Identified Aboriginal investment for priority projects that maximised successful project outcomes and capacity-building opportunities.

Project Team

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