NATIVE TITLE AGREEMENT REACHED In January 2016 Metro Mining announced it had executed a Native Title and Land Access Agreement for the Bauxite Hills Mine. This Agreement demonstrates excellent community support for the Project.
The Agreement was reached jointly with the Ankamuthi People and the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation (OMAC) and set a sound foundation for long term relationship with the Ankamuthi People, Traditional Owners and OMAC - the Trustee owner of the land.
The Agreement includes a Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the Project area, the provision of employment and training opportunities for traditional owners, business development and contracting opportunities for Ankamuthi businesses and payment of mining benefits to the Ankamuthi People and OMAC for the life of the Project.
As part of this Agreement, Metro also committed to employment and training targets and will work with stakeholders to identify business opportunities for the Ankamuthi and other local enterprises.
In addition, a Liaison Committee comprising representatives of all parties was established and will meet regularly throughout each year for the life of the Project to ensure communication and cooperation.
Mining benefits will be used to fund long term programs and benefits to a broad cross section of the Ankamuthi People and their organisations. Land rehabilitation is included as an integral part of the Agreement and progress will be continually reviewed by the Liaison Committee.
HISTORICALLY The Company has always had strong relationships with the Traditional Land Owners and Aboriginal people of western Cape York and respects the unique and important association that the Traditional Land Owners and local indigenous communities have for 'country' - the land, environment, culture and traditional way of life.
Metro understands the need to work with the local community and is committed to a long-term partnership with local residents.
Previously, Metro have negotiated many agreements, for their various projects, with western Cape York Traditional Owners. These prior Agreements have included: