English | Jan. 4, 2012 | ISBN: 1920942408 | 186 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
This is the latest in what is developing into a series of CAEPR monographs stimulated by the interest of mining companies to better understand the social and economic landscape of regions within which they operate. It stems from an approach made to the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) by Jeff Wilkie of Pilbara Iron who sought to establish a detailed profile of the Pilbara population in order to assist company and public policy discussions on Indigenous engagement in the context of rapidly expanding mining activity in the Pilbara region. We acknowledge the financial and logistical support of Pilbara Iron that facilitated the undertaking of the research. As an output, this monograph sits well within the framework of the Australia Research Council Linkage project, Indigenous Community Organisations and Miners: Partnering Sustainable Regional Development? This is a three - year research partnership between CAEPR and industry partners Rio Tinto and the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). The project focuses on case studies of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory, and the Gulf region of Queensland where major resource development agreements have been negotiated between the developers and Indigenous people and their organisations.