Consultation with Indigenous communities

Sharing environmental management information with the indigenous people of the Alligator Rivers Region

Land is integral to culture for Aboriginal people in the Alligator Rivers Region.

We have an obligation to the Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people in the Alligator Rivers Region to seek consultation and to be about the work that we do.

Traditional Owners working with Supervising Scientist staff on the annual popnetting project

Traditional Owners working with Supervising Scientist staff on the annual popnetting project

Communicating with Aboriginal communities

We keep the Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal communities in the region informed about our work in a number of ways:

  • through meetings, briefings and regular personal contact between senior SS staff, traditional owners and the senior managers of local Indigenous organisations;
  • through our Community Liaison Officer who who maintains a relationship with Traditional Owners;
  • collaborative research work in the region;
  • Indigenous training and employment opportunities within SS;
  • through resources developed for Indigenous audiences in language;
  • school-based education programs.

The local knowledge of Aboriginal people in the ARR is invaluable and Aboriginal people are often employed on SS research and monitoring projects as a way of exchanging knowledge and information and building relationships.

We also work closely with the Traditional Owners people to identify traditional foods collected in some parts of the Alligator Rivers Region and study how they are prepared and eaten. Supervising Scientist tests bushtucker for radiation to ensure that there are no unacceptable risks to Aboriginal communities caused by the mine.

More information about SSD’s communications activities can be found in Supervising Scientist annual reports.