Fortescue welcomes new Aboriginal contractor in the Pilbara

PERTH, Western Australia: Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has welcomed newly formed Aboriginal enterprise Jindari as a contracting partner at its Chichester mining operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Fortescue has a $2 million commitment with Jindari to provide services associated with the transport and installation of polyethylene pipes and dewatering at its Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek iron ore mines, continuing the expansion of the company’s award winning Managed Aquifer (mine water management) Scheme across the Chichester operations.

Jindari was established by Yindjibarndi language group local member Aaron Hubert with the support of mining services operator Cape Crushing & Earthmoving Contractors and logistics company Centurion. Both companies are wholly-owned by Perth-based conglomerate CFC Group.

Mr Hubert has been undergoing intensive training to enable him to directly supervise the operation on the ground at Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak. The business currently comprises two prime movers, two 20 metre semi-trailers and four operators on an eight day on six day off roster.
Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Nev Power said Fortescue was proud to partner Jindari at its Chichester mines, which are ramping up to a combined production capacity of 95 million tonnes per annum.

“Jindari is not only providing us with a valuable service at our mining operations, it is providing opportunities for local Aboriginal employment,” Mr Power said. “We’re confident Aaron will continue to grow this initiative and inspire the formation of similar partnerships across the Pilbara.”

Fortescue is committed to working with Aboriginal people and its contracting partners to identify opportunities for Aboriginal contractors and businesses to work on its projects and operations. This includes assisting in the development of new businesses such as Jindari. Fortescue has awarded more than $550 million worth of contracts and subcontracts to Aboriginal businesses, leaving it more than halfway towards its goal of awarding of $1 billion in contracts.

Fortescue is also committed to providing training, employment and business development opportunities to Aboriginal people. At the end of the September quarter, Aboriginal people comprised 10.4% (420 employees) of Fortescue’s workforce and more than 10% (517 employees) of its contracting partners.

Mr Hubert said he was focused, committed and determined to provide opportunities for his people through Jindari (mining services). “The opportunity to create and develop this venture has been positive and well received throughout the Pilbara’s Indigenous Community. Jindari’s current engagement with Fortescue has been significant in ensuring Jindari succeeds.”

Community engagement is a core value of Cape Crushing, a 17-year old WA company that merged with CFC Group earlier this year. Cape Crushing Manager Mike Heddon said: “Cape Crushing has maintained a strong sense of community and is proud to support initiatives such as Jindari that provide employment pathways for local Aboriginal people.”

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  Heath Nelson, Fortescue Manager - Aboriginal Business Centre with Jindari's Aaron Hubert