Indigenous people are important stakeholders and understanding indigenous culture, heritage and social concerns are a vital component to the Company’s future success.
St Barbara is committed to ensuring its staff and contractors recognise and respect the culture of the indigenous stakeholders in the localities in which it operates.
St Barbara also ensures that necessary heritage surveys are conducted at its sites where ground disturbing activities are to be undertaken to recognise sites of cultural significance and allow St Barbara to respect these sites and implement appropriate avoidance measures. This is conducted in both our Leonora and Pacific operations.
Regular Aboriginal community liaison meetings have been on going in Leonora. The community relations team at our Pacific operations conduct regular meetings with the local land owners to further strengthen existing, and establish new relationships, with all the key stakeholders in the region. These meetings provide particular focus on St Barbara operations as well as exploration activities in the region and the potential of employment and business opportunities it may provide to the community.
St Barbara has created a register of local businesses to identify Aboriginal enterprises that may be suitable for a range of contracting opportunities that arise in the day to day and long term operations of the Company.