SA Mines and Energy Journal : February-March 2010
32 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL INDIGENOUS Sundowner Cabin and Tourist Park newest and most modern accommodation in Whyalla Conceived and designed to meet the accommodation needs of your work force Lincoln Highway, Whyalla Norrie, South Australia 5608 Phone (08) 8645 1535 Fax (08) 8645 9324 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sundownercabinpark.com.au Directors Robert Gwynne 0417 083 403 Stephen Edwards 0418 827 455 55 Deluxe Two Bedroom Self Contained Cabins featuring • King Size Beds -- King or Single Sleep 4 in comfort • Reverse Cycle Air-conditioning & Ceiling Fans • Fully equipped kitchen with full size fridge and stove • Modern spacious bathroom • Ample lounge and dining area • LCD Wall Mounted TV • WIFI Internet Access • Veranda & Outdoor Seating Guest Services include • 24 Hour Reception • Guest Laundry and Convenience Store • Ample parking for large vehicles • Quiet and secure location • 2km to Whyalla Airport • Medium to Long Term Bookings You have the contract and the personnel WE HAVE THE ACCOMMODATION Contact Managers Revel & Fiona Hyde to arrange inspection or quotation Aboriginal heritage Recent changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Branch provide greater clarity for resource companies about their legal responsibilities. The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 is administered through the AHB, which is part of the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC-AARD). The division decided to make changes to the way the branch operates to overcome some of the previous uncertainty about how heritage provisions interact with native title. A government-initiated review of the Act has focussed everyone's attention on the changes, which many see as desirable to improve working relationships between the industry and Aboriginal parties. However, until there is legislative change, the industry must work with the current Act. The resources industry already has a good track record in working with Aboriginal groups. Work area clearances have been a practical way of managing operations to avoid areas that are significant to Aboriginal groups, but a work area clearance can't deal with those circumstances where there is no choice but to damage Aboriginal heritage if an ore body is to be economically exploited. The Aboriginal Heritage Branch does not represent Aboriginal groups or the industry. It provides independent administrative support to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, who has responsibility for making decisions about applications to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal sites, objects or remains. The AHB aims to provide the Minister with the best possible advice to help him make informed decisions. Early contact with the branch will help industry members work through the minimum requirements for reporting and management Aboriginal heritage. The first preference is for a negotiated agreement which identifies "go" and "no-go" zones. However, when there is no choice but to damage an Aboriginal site, the Act takes preference over all other negotiations -- after all, if you can't get authorisation under the Act, then your whole future operation might be compromised. AHB now offers a way to assist everyone to negotiate this "minefield" . It is also keen to inform industry about the actual operation of the Act and to clear away misconceptions. If you are part of an industry group that is wondering how the Aboriginal Heritage Act affects your activities, Anne Stimson, Manager Aboriginal Heritage and Special Projects, can organise a briefing session. She can be contacted on (08) 8226 8902 or 0401 124 391. Michael Diplock (Flinders University) fills out site cards with members of the First People of the Murray and Mallee, as Steve Brown (DEH) looks on. Roger Parker (Nukunu Peoples Council) talks with Peter Birt (DPC-AARD) at Port Augusta.