On June 12 and 13, the MinErAL network's annual general meeting will be held in Cairns, Australia, traditional territory of the Yirrganydji people and the Gimuy Walubara Clan of the Yidinji people. The event, host by Sharon Harwood, from James Cook University, will be an occasion to learn about the history of the mining sector in Cairns, its economic relevance, as well as policies and practices to increase indigenous participation in the resources sector. The meeting will also pay special attention to the issues of consultation and consent of indigenous communities, negotiations between mining companies and indigenous communities, mining geographies and native title claim. Researchers and indigenous partners from Canada, Scandinavia, Australia and New Caledonia will be taking part in this event. The speakers will notably include Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, from Griffith University, Julia Taylor, from the North Queensland Land Council, as well as Melissa Sutton and Michael Limerik from the Queensland Resources Council. The meeting will close on the morning of June 14, with the MinErAL network’s General Assembly. You will find the meeting preliminary program below. Please note that it is a first version of the program: the time and the activities are subject to change. Follow us on Facebook to find out the event last updates!
Sharon Harwood RPIA is a qualified and practicing regional and social planner, and currently lectures in Planning at James Cook University in Cairns, North Queensland (Australia). She has more than 25 years’ experience working with remotely located communities on natural resource planning, community planning and development projects. In 2018, she was recognized Queensland Planner of the Year by the Planning Institute Australia. The Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence recognize and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in Planning. Sharon is also the Convenor of the Tropical North Queensland branch of the PIA, a member of the state PIA Executive Committee and the Planning Education Committee. Her planning experience in remote areas coupled with her research projects in remote communities has led her to believe that urban planning theory and practice is unsuitable for application in non-urban settings. Sharon is particularly interested in understanding how the design and function of land use planning systems meet the aspirations of First Nations peoples for social, economic and cultural development of their lands and waters.
Mel Sutton is a Partnership Facilitator for a resources industry-Queensland Government partnership to increase Indigenous participation in the resources sector. She is engaged by the Queensland Resources Council to work with resource companies and a range of stakeholders and Indigenous communities to enhance strategies for Indigenous employment and training and Indigenous business development. Prior to this role, Mel worked for more than ten years in a range of Indigenous and local government policy roles within the Queensland Government. She also works as a consultant, specialising in social performance and Indigenous economic participation.
Dr Michael Limerick is the Partnership Facilitator for a resources industry-Queensland Government partnership to boost Indigenous participation in the resources sector. He is engaged by the Queensland Resources Council to work with resource companies and a range of stakeholders and Indigenous communities to enhance strategies for Indigenous employment and training and Indigenous business development. Prior to this role, Michael held a range of legal, policy and management positions during 13 years with the Queensland Government. He also practices as a lawyer and consultant and has worked with many Traditional Owner groups in Queensland and Western Australian on governance capacity-building and social and economic development.
Julia (Jules) Taylor is the Senior Legal Officer – Coordinator of North Queensland Land Council’s (NQLC) Future Acts, Mining and Exploration (FAME) Unit and over the past 10 years has been employed by NQLC, the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) and also as a consultant assisting in providing advice and support in relation to international best practice standards for negotiating co-existence agreements for people affected by mining. Jules’ primary focus at both NQLC and KLC has been has been in identifying, developing, negotiating and implementing projects as the lead legal officer across the broad areas of mining and exploration agreements and other negotiated agreements for Aboriginal heritage protection, together with large project negotiations on Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) in relation to mining, exploration, petroleum exploration, land access agreements and land tenure reform and divestment projects. This has included the use of and otherwise providing comprehensive advice in relation to land tenure issues, rights under the Native Title Act and State legislation, benefits for Aboriginal people through negotiated agreements, and the affect various State and Commonwealth legislation can have on those rights.
Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University, Brisbane. He has previously held positions at the University of Papua New Guinea, the Australian National University and Queens University, Ontario. He has published numerous articles and books in the fields of public policy, policy evaluation and policy implementation, resource economics and resources policy, negotiation, impact assessment and indigenous studies. For over 20 years he has worked with indigenous organizations in Australia and Canada on social impact assessments and on negotiation of agreements with resource development companies, and has acted as an adviser or negotiator for many of Australia’s leading Aboriginal organizations, including the Cape York, Northern, Central, Yamatji and Kimberley Land Councils. He is currently managing indigenous impact assessments being conducted in relation to gas development in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and advising the Autonomous Bougainville Government on options in relation to the possible reopening of the Bougainville copper mine.
Bill Cummings is one of Australia’s most experienced regional business economists. His family roots go back to the earliest development of the Cairns region including prospector discovery of mineral fields, tin miners, packers and saddlers before the railways were built. After an Economics Degree at the University of Queensland, he spent seven founding years in economics in Canberra including as an economic research officer for the Australian Chamber of Commerce. He returned north and spent 13 years managing promotion of development organisations in the North before setting up his own economic consultancy business in 1982. Since then, he has worked in almost all industry sectors across the North and into the PNG/Pacific area including major reviews of mining development in the region and economic impact studies as part of environmental impact assessments for mine developments.
|Wednesday, June 12|
9:00 AM Opening ceremony and Welcome to Country
10:00 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM Mining in Cairns, Australia
Session chaired by Sharon Harwood
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Native Title Claim and Mining
Session chaired by Chris Southcott
3:30 PM Coffee Break
4:00 PM Negotiating across mining life cycles: IBAs, Consultation and Consent
Session chaired by Dean Carson
6:00 PM Diner
|Thursday, June 13|
9:00 AM Mining geographies
Session chaired by Pierre-Yves Lemeur
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Projects in development
Session chaired by France Bailly (TBC)
12:30 PM Lunch
13:30 PM Free afternoon
|Friday June 14|
9:00 AM General Assembly of the MinErAL Network
12:00 PM End of the conference and travel home