Buru Energy works closely with Traditional Owners to form strong relationships and develop mutual respect of traditions, culture and heritage. We also seek to train and employ Traditional Owners to maximize the benefits our operations bring to landholders.
Traditional Owners are important stakeholders in regards to our activities. Buru respects the Traditional Owners’ deep cultural connection with the land and is committed to ensuring Traditional Owners are fully informed about the potential risks, and opportunities created, by our activities. Buru Energy conducts all of its operations in a manner sensitive to cultural concerns and undertakes a process of consultation with Traditional Owners before commencing any on-ground activities. To protect heritage values of the region, Buru undertakes heritage clearance surveys prior to ground disturbing works and engages Traditional Owner heritage monitors during ground disturbing works.
Wherever possible, Buru Energy seeks to create opportunities for employment and contracting for the local communities, including indigenous communities. As the scale of on ground activities increases, this will increase the opportunities available. Buru Energy understands the importance of building skills and capacities among local people and businesses as a way of investing in the future sustainability and viability of local communities.
Initiatives implemented by Buru Energy include:
- Voluntarily gave up our rights to explore for oil and gas in Roebuck Bay, recognising the environmental and cultural importance of this area.
- Delivery of cultural inductions to all Buru Energy staff and contractors working on site.
- Support independent specialist reviews for hydraulic fracturing.
- Training Environmental Cadets in the field of Conservation and Land Management to undertake environmental monitoring.
- Training of personnel in security, the operation of excavators, water carts, dump trucks, front end loaders and bobcats.
- Employment of over 30 Traditional Owners during our recent Pilot frac program near Noonkanbah Station with over 13,500 hours of paid employment undertaken by community members during the three month program.
- Development and capacity building indigenous businesses to support our operations and other industries in the Kimberley.
Further information on recent initiatives at Yungngora (Noonkanbah) community as part of our frac program are available here.