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Indigenous trainees brought into mine rehabilitation

A new Indigenous mining trainee program is underway to provide employment in the rehabilitation of a WA diamond mine

A new Indigenous trainee program is underway in the West Kimberley, as part of the Western Australian government’s plan to rehabilitate the former Ellendale diamond mining lease.

The Bunuba Trainee program, delivered by local Bunuba and Indigenous people, will provide a meaningful employment pathway through an on-country training initiative, it says.

The traineeships form part of the state government’s earthworks contract awarded to Buru Rehab, an indigenous business that specialises in mine rehabilitation services across Western Australia.

Buru Rehab is aiming to employ a minimum 12 trainees in groups of four, with the company set to complete the earthworks over the next three dry seasons. This phase of the project will address several areas across the site currently experiencing erosion.

“The Bunuba Trainee Program is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal people to gain local training, skills and employment opportunities,” Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston says.

“Supporting regional jobs across Western Australia is a priority for the Cook government as it encourages people to stay and support their local communities.”

The program’s efforts will build upon the safety works completed at Ellendale in 2022. This included the removal of all obsolete infrastructure and equipment.

Ellendale was declared an abandoned mine in December 2015. The ongoing landform stabilisation project is fully funded by the state government’s Mine Rehabilitation Fund.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has been working towards making the site safe for incoming tenement holders and anyone who may access the area.

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