The Mining & Sustainability Manager reports to the CEO and is responsible for administering the ALC’s requirements and responsibilities under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (ALRA) (NT) 1976, particularly in relation to Part IV of the Act, and the Aboriginal Land Act (NT) 1978. The Mining & Sustainability Manager will work with and provide managerial support to the Mining Officer & Sustainability Officer.
The Mining & Sustainability Manger acts as an important conduit for the development of and access to Aboriginal Lands by mining companies, ensuring that that the appropriate protections are afforded to the land. There is currently only one mining operation (South 32) and it is expected that another mining operation, majority owned by Traditional Owners, will commence in the near future. This position is responsible for:
- Ensuring that an appropriate level of protection is afforded to the environment and lands of the Anindilyakwa people, particularly in relation to ongoing assessments of mining related activities.
- Ensuring the development of sustainable outcomes for the “Future Groote Economy” upon Mine Closure. A comprehensive understanding of the complexities of all aspects of mining will be imperative for success of the development of a best practice Mine Closure Plan.
- Working with the CEO to negotiate legally binding agreements for mining & closure plans with South 32 and Winchelsea Mining.
It is expected that the Mining & Sustainability Manager will work closely with the ALC Preserving Culture Anthropology Unit to navigate cultural clearances and ensure the preservation and protection of culturally sensitive heritage sites within mining leases and conduct cultural heritage surveys; and the Land & Sea department department’s Ranger Manager and Biosecurity Coordinator to ensure compliance with Indigenous Protected Area agreements and biosecurity requirements.
The Mining & Sustainability Manager is responsible for department productivity and performance, conducting probation and annual performance reviews, participating in recruitment and selection activates, approving and preparing for employee leave requests, department succession planning and identifying department and individual development and training requirements, as well as budget planning and approving of department expenses.
This position is based on Groote Eylandt, with the remuneration package for this role providing:
- Furnished accommodation, including electricity.
- 5 weeks annual leave per annum
- 18 days personal leave per annum
- Holiday Travel Allowance (HTA)
- 10 business days shut down period over Christmas and New Year period – paid at standard rates (no need to take annual leave!)
Salary packing is also available and relocation assistance will be provided to the successful applicant and their family.
- Administer the ALC’s requirements under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1976, particularly in relation to Part IV of the Act, and the Aboriginal Land Act (NT) 1978.
- Ensure that mining and exploration activities undertaken within the Groote Archipelago are carried out in accordance with agreements that are in place and that the interests of Traditional Owners are protected, including ensuring the economic potential of lands post closure.
- Liaise with various Government departments, Commonwealth and Northern Territory Government in relations to Mining issues relating to the Groote Eylandt archipelago.
- Work with South 32 and Winchelsea Mining to ensure a co-operative relationship is maintained with the ALC and any requirements are managed in an appropriate manner.
- Liaise with Traditional Owners, South 32 and Winchelsea Mining to develop a range of sustainable outcomes from mining activities including:
- The development of renewable power supply to Groote
- The development of bio-diesel supply
- Renewable timber supply as part of current mining rehabilitation practices
- The potential of utilizing post-mining landforms to support possible aquaculture hatcheries and grow-out ponds.
- The potential of utilizing post-closure landforms as platforms for renewable power stations.
- Liaise with Traditional Owners, South 32 and Winchelsea Mining to develop comprehensive Mine Closure Plans. Specifically, to provide sustainable outcomes for all mining related infrastructure for Traditional Owner benefit including:
- The Townsite of Alyangula,
- Milner Bay export facilities,
- Groote Holdings Aboriginal Corporation Logistics Base, and
- All mine processing plant associated infrastructure.
- Manage the mining Leases agreements and planning including:
- Drafting and negotiation of proposed mining agreements,
- Economic Development funds and audit,
- Haul road plans,
- NHM protection.
- Work closely with the ALC Preserving Culture Anthropology unit to navigate cultural clearances and ensure the preservation and protection of culturally sensitive heritage sites within mining leases and conduct cultural heritage surveys; and the Land & Sea department’s Ranger Manager and Biosecurity Coordinator to ensure compliance with Indigenous Protected Area agreements and biosecurity requirements.
- Coordinate Timber Access Agreements and Cemetery Agreement negotiations.
- Conduct monthly mine site visit inspections 6 monthly Alyangula works reviews.
- Manage mining related complaints.
- Attend MLC member coordinator meetings with Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) and Winchelsea Mining.
- Participate in the Alyangula Futures committee.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and or related sciences, and preferably demonstrable prior experience in mine closure planning.
- Demonstrable prior experience in the mining sector in relation to land or environmental management and, in particular, sustainable outcomes from mining activities for local communities.
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT).
- Ability to negotiate fair outcomes and find the middle ground in difficult negotiations.
- Experience navigating cultural clearances and ensuring protection of culturally sensitive heritage sites within mining leases.
- The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality when dealing with highly sensitive matters.
- Intermediate level computer skills, with experience using Microsoft Office programs.
- Hold a valid drives licence, with experience in the operation of 4WD vehicles preferred.
- Experience in the economic development of Aboriginal Communities living in the proximity of mining operations.
- An understanding of Aboriginal Culture, particularly in the Northern Territory, with previous experience working with Aboriginal people in a remote community.
- Experience demonstrating a capacity to build trust with stakeholders of all levels and within an Aboriginal Community.
Pre-employment screening, including an AFP criminal record check, may be undertaken on the person who is being recommended for appointment.
How to apply
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter addressing selection criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org.