At AGL, we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we operate and continue to foster relationships with our First Nations people.
Our path towards reconciliation includes the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) – which we will launch later this year – but our vision remains to nurture respectful partnerships and create meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This week is NAIDOC Week (8-15 November) and we’re taking a look at how we’ve been deepening our understanding of Aboriginal history and celebrating in colourful ways.
Protecting Aboriginal history
Earlier this year, artefacts dating back about 3,000 years were uncovered near the AGL Loy Yang mine. The items – including cutting tools, grinding stones, and axe heads – were reburied as part of a major repatriation effort.
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) Cultural Heritage Officer Nicky Moffat provided awareness training to our people.
‘Our oral history has been passed down for generations, but there really isn’t a lot that has been documented,’ Nicky said. ‘This is my heritage, and once it’s destroyed, we’ve got nothing.
‘Please be careful. Please be conscious and vigilant.’
AGL Loy Yang Head of Mining Jeff Hobson said we take the discovery of Indigenous artefacts very seriously.
‘We ensure the correct processes to return each item to a safe location, under the guidance of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council (VAHC), the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation,’ Jeff said.