Many of Central Petroleum Limited’s (Central) operations are located on or near Indigenous lands with more than 20,000 Aboriginal people living in our areas of operation. Central recognises, embraces and respects the Indigenous historical, legal and heritage ties to these lands. We are committed to engage openly with the Traditional Owners of land and provide employment and training opportunities to the Indigenous people.
Since the commencement of production at Surprise and the acquisition of Palm Valley last year the Company has employed or is training Traditional Owners representing 30% of our production workforce and brings total Indigenous employment throughout the Company to over 10% of the Company’s total full-time employees. Over time we look forward to extending this choice to more traditional custodians of the land.
A major milestone was achieved when Central reached agreement through the Central Land Council with the Traditional Owners of the Surprise Well location in Northern Territory. Having received the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ consent to the agreement with the Traditional Owners, Central Petroleum Limited received the first onshore Production Licence in the Northern Territory since the Mabo decision.
Moving forward, the protection of sacred sites, community engagement and Indigenous employment remain important pillars of Central’s future operation.