We aim to share our respect for the Traditional Owners, the land on which we operate and, more broadly, Indigenous Australia.
The YGP was named in collaboration with the traditional owners and represents the name of the beach where the Blacktip gas comes ashore. Building strong relationships within the community and more broadly throughout the Thamarrurr Region, where the YGP is located, is key to positive community relations and successful community investments. Additionally, Eni takes the responsibility of building trust very seriously, delivering on a strong commitment to ensure a culturally aware workforce. Health and social impact assessments undertaken with consultation and input from relevant local stakeholders have provided Eni with insight into the potential social impacts of its activities.
The YGP is located within an Aboriginal Land Trust which is administered by the statutory body, the Northern Land Council (NLC). In order to access and utilise the land, a long term lease was negotiated at the start of the Blacktip project. Agreements setting out the terms of this lease including an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA), were signed in 2006, with construction of the YGP commencing shortly thereafter; first gas was produced in 2009. The ILUA and other relevant agreements protect native title rights and indigenous cultural heritage and allow Eni to access and utilise the site on which the YGP sits on. The agreements were negotiated by the NLC on behalf of the Traditional Owners.
Native title is a form of land title that recognizes the unique ties some Aboriginal groups have to land. Australian law recognizes that native title exists where Aboriginal people have maintained a traditional connection to their land and waters, since sovereignty, and where acts of government have not removed it. Open and transparent engagement with the local Indigenous community has been a focus for Eni from the very beginning of the Blacktip Project, from project planning, to the construction phase and now during the operational phase of the project. Ensuring our host community, as official custodians of the land on which YGP sits, retain their cultural connection, was as important at the beginning of the construction phase as it is today. Opportunities for ongoing participation in the project are maintained through Environmental monitoring initiatives (including controlled burning, fauna removal, weed monitoring, offshore monitoring of the single point mooring, ground water monitoring and other ad hoc environmental monitoring services) managed through the local Indigenous Ranger group. The Thamarrurr Rangers are a local Indigenous environmental ranger group, predominately made up by Traditional Owners from the Thamarrurr region, and they are based in Wadeye, approximately 400 km south west of Darwin. They patrol over 17,900 km² of Country, approximately 200 km of coastline, representing over 20 clan groups. Rangers undertake a diverse range of activities including:
Full-time Rangers (men and women) make up the team who carry out these management activities, working closely with both Northern Territory and federal stakeholders.
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