Jul 11, 2019People & Industry

NAIDOC Week: How Natural Gas Companies are Working with Indigenous Australians

NAIDOC Week (formerly an acronym, now a word that represents the week of observance) is held across Australia this year from the 7th – 14th of July. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s not only for Indigenous communities to celebrate, but rather for Australians from all walks of life to participate in observance of our first nations and a range of activities to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The natural gas industry has long been a supporter of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Not only do the companies in the industry have robust Reconciliation Action Plans, they are continually working to provide employment in local communities, healthcare and essential services in remote Australian locations and community support around the country.

Companies like Buru Energy in the Kimberley have invested heavily into their relationships with local Indigenous groups, working to develop mutual respect of cultures, traditions and heritage. Elsewhere in WA, Chevron are working tirelessly through their partnership with Telethon Speech and Hearing to eliminate ear diseases in the Pilbara. More than that, their scholarships and cadetships for Indigenous university students have provided pathways to success. Further north in WA, INPEX supports Indigenous-run organisations and works closely with local communities to provide value.

In South Australia, Santos proudly sponsors the Aboriginal Power Cup alongside Beach Energy and the South Australian Government, a community program which sees high-achieving Indigenous school footballers competing to play a curtain-raiser at the Adelaide Oval prior to a Port Power game. In Queensland companies like Shell, Senex and Origin all work closely with Australian First Nations to strengthen connection to cultural identity while also providing employment and investment in local businesses and essential services.

To learn more about NAIDOC Week and the various events happening in your community visit www.naidoc.org.au.