The benefits of mining developments for Aboriginal Australians
: Mt Todd case study

  • Robin Margaret Knox

    Student thesis: Coursework Masters - CDU


    The purpose of this research is to assess the benefits to Aboriginal Australian populations of resource developments on their land and in the vicinity of their communities. The question of mining developments contributing to reduced Aboriginal dependency on government funding is also considered.

    The involvement in mining of the Jawoyn Association in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory has been studied with particular reference to the Mt Todd Mine Agreement.

    The present economic and social situation of Aboriginal people in northern Australia and their participation in the mining industry is considered. The role of the major stakeholders, the government, mining companies and Aborigines and their organisations, is examined in relation to the Mt Todd Mine Agreement to ascertain the sustainable benefits to the Jawoyn Association.

    The report concludes that since the gain of Land Rights Aborigines and their organisations have been able to become powerful players in the development of resources. The Jawoyn Association have negotiated for the implementation of priorities that they see as most important for their community.

    Development projects can serve to supply funds for projects designed and controlled by Aboriginal organisations, as well as opportunities for training and employment. The acknowledgment of Aborigines as stakeholders in the process of development on their land has been one of the most significant changes in modem mining negotiations. It is realistic to expect that Aboriginal involvement in mining, whether on their land or in the vicinity of their communities, has the potential to benefit Aboriginal people and reduce their dependency on government funding.
    Date of Award1999
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorMurray Keith Redman (Supervisor)

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