Indigenous Affairs Minister Michelle Roberts travelled to Roebourne today to witness the signing of a wide-ranging agreement between the Ngarluma people and Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
Mrs Roberts said the agreement provided immediate and long-lasting financial, cultural, heritage, environmental and economic benefits to the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation and the people it represented.
“The agreement covers past, present and future land use of Ngarluma Country by Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
“This agreement between the Ngarluma people and Rio Tinto, shows how two organisations, with very different viewpoints and needs, can come to an agreement that benefits them both,” the Minister said.
Mrs Roberts said the agreement would have flow-on benefits for the Ngarluma people, the Roebourne community and the State.
“We are experiencing a time of unprecedented growth in our resources industry, and it is important that everyone involved in the future of our State benefits from the wealth that is being generated,” she said.
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