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Gnaala Karla Booja (Boddington) Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)

Category: Agreement
Sub Category:Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)
Location:Boddington, Western Australia, Australia
Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Economic Development | Education | Employment and Training | Mining and Minerals
Summary Information:
The Gnaala Karla Booja (Boddington) Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) was agreed between the Australian and West Australian governments, the Newmont Mining Corporation and other parties. The purpose of this agreement is to allow for the formation of stronger partnerships between the mining industry and Indigenous communities, as a means of improving employment outcomes in these communities (Indigenous Newslines Magazine, 2009, 15).
Detailed Information:
The Gnaala Karla Booja (Boddington) RPA is one of eight pilot initiatives created under the 2005 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Commonwealth government and the Minerals Council of Australia. This MoU sought to formalise a partnership between the parties that would enable them to work with Indigenous groups in mining regions to foster the development of sustainable, economically viable communities with opportunities for employment and economic development. The MoU was later reaffirmed on 27 May 2009, when a revised version was signed by the chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia and three Commonwealth government ministers.

The signing of the MoU gave rise to eight Regional Partnership Agreements between mining companies and Indigenous communities, with the Gnaala Karla Booja (Boddington) RPA being one of these agreements.

Very little information is available about the content of this RPA. However, in an article published in the September-November edition of the Indigenous Newslines Magazine, South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council RPA coordinator Stuart Bradfield has praised the Gnaala Karla Booja (Boddington) RPA for giving the local Noongar peoples a place at the negotiating table (Indigenous Newslines Magazine, 2009, 15). Mr Bradfield said that this RPA provided a 'comprehensive planning process' through which traditional owners in the Boddington area could make their priorities known (Indigenous Newslines Magazine, 2009, 15).

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Minerals Council of Australia and the Commonwealth Government
  • Organisation
  • Newmont Mining Corporation - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • State of Western Australia - Signatory
  • People
  • Noongar People

  • References

    Magazine
    Indigenous Newslines Magazine (September 2009) Minerals Council Renews its Jobs Pledge

    Glossary

    Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) (Australia)

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