The Queensland Government has a key role in supporting economic development in Indigenous communities. The Aurukun Bauxite Resource project is an important project, with the potential for very significant direct and indirect benefits to the Aurukun and Cape communities, as well as royalty contributions to the state over its mine life.
These benefits include employment opportunities; training for local workers; improving local business capacity to tender for contracts and supplier opportunities; Native Title compensation payments; and Royalty payments under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991.
On 19 August 2014, Glencore was selected as preferred developers for the project and a Development Agreement was finalised in December 2014. Glencore is now carrying out the feasibility study for the resource project and continues to consult with the local indigenous Wik and Wik Way people. The Director-General is a champion for the Aurukun community, working closely with council and traditional land owners to ensure the broader community questions and issues are addressed.