Argyle Diamond Mine Participation Agreement: Management Plan Agreement
|Date: ||1 January 2004|
|Sub Category:||Land Use Agreement|
|Place:||South-west of Kununurra|
|State/Country:||Western Australia, Australia|
|Subject Matter:||Employment and Training | Land Management | Collaboration / Partnership|
|Summary Information: |
|The Argyle Diamond Mine Participation Agreement: Management Plan Agreement (the MPA) establishes management plans between Traditional Owners and the Argyle Diamonds for the Argyle mine site. The MPA operates in conjunction with the Argyle Diamond Mine Indigenous Land Use Agreement (the ILUA).|
|Detailed Information: |
|The MPA outlines the day-to-day relationship of Traditional Owners and Argyle Diamonds. In particular, the MPA establishes management plans relating to:
1) Aboriginal site protection
2) Training and employment
3) Cross-cultural training for mine employees and contractors
4) Land access
5) Land management
6) Decommissioning of the mine
7) Business development and contracting
8) Protection and access to Devil Devil Springs.
The management plans ensure active participation of Traditional Owners in the overall management of the mine and related activities.
The provisions in the MPA have been excluded from the related ILUA so that they may be amended by agreement. The MPA sets up a Relationship Committee that consists of 26 traditional owners and 4 representatives from Argyle Diamonds who monitor the MPA. The Relationship Committee can amend the Management Plan by a unanimous vote. This provides greater flexibility to manage the day-to-day relationship between Traditional Owners and Argyle Diamonds.
There are no confidentiality clauses in the MPA. The MPA also includes plain language statements so that the main ideas of each clause can be understood. A video was made so that people who cannot read can understand the Agreement.
The MPA commenced on the same day as the ILUA and will continue until the last Management Plan terminates. If Argyle Diamonds wishes to assign any of their rights in the agreement area, they must obtain the consent of any future party to the MPA (and the ILUA). Furthermore, the MPA includes a provision for a prescribed Aboriginal Corporation becoming party to the agreement in the event of a native title determination in the area.|