Traditional Owners

QPM Townsville Project Manager, Stewart Hagan 2nd from left, with representatives of the Bindal People.

Queensland Pacific Metals respects the unique and important association Traditional Landowners and local Indigenous communities have for ‘Country’ – the land, environment, culture and a traditional way of life.

A strong relationship has been established with The Bindal People, Traditional Owners of the Lansdown site where the TECH Project will be constructed, with a view to building and sustaining cooperative relations.

QPM finalised a Cultural Heritage Management Agreement with the Bindal People in May 2021, which ensures that any items with Aboriginal cultural heritage significance are identified, protected from harm and managed under applicable laws and that QPM and the Bindal People maintain productive engagement via:

  • the nominated Steering Committee;
  • the Bindal Liaison Officers; and
  • the Bindal Cultural Heritage Trainers to establish site induction protocols.

The company has committed to a memorandum of understanding regarding employment, training, apprenticeships and other opportunities for indigenous people and will work with traditional owners to define the skills required for the positions and identify suitable candidates.

The company’s Indigenous engagement strategy will be kept under review as it continues to engage with the Bindal people and other Indigenous Australians in the Townsville area.

QPM was proud to partner with the Gudjuda Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation to sponsor the Under 18 Cannonballs Rugby League Team to participate in the 2022 Queensland Murri Carnival. The team was comprised of young men from several Traditional Owners groups in the region; Bindal (Townsville/Ayr), Birrah (Collinsville), Juru (Home Hill/Bowen), Barada Bana (Conners range), Thubi Warra (Hopevale), Lardil (Mornington Island) and also from the Torres Strait Islands. The team had a fantastic result at the carnival, winning all four games with an average of 38 points per game and coming first on the ladder. As a result of the strong performance three players went on to be selected for the Queensland team.

Top Row: Adrian Sandy Snr (Coach), Adrian Sandy, Terry Connors, Jack Prior, Rayzarlin Pearson, Xavier Hellyer, Allan Wharton, Elijah Tapau-Taylor, Tajshon Messa-Santo, Jamaine Stanely, Vivian Nathaniel Hansen-Murdoch, Simon Hellyer (Coach). Bottom Row: Rashid Henaway (Trainer), Riley Dempsey, Tremaine Priestley, Izaya Leedie, Jayden Henaway, Riwah Walden, Cody Graham, Thomas Sailor, Izreal Osea.


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