Gladstone Ports Corporation – Indigenous Empowerment and Partnership

An Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was executed on 20 March 2014, for a period of 35 years, between the First Nations Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng, Taribelang Bunda People Aboriginal Corporation and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC). This voluntary partnership was established to ensure the responsible and respectful management of the lands and sea on which we do business to deliver sustainable and mutual prosperity. This covers a large footprint of GPC’s operations across its three port precincts; Port of Gladstone, Bundaberg and Rockhampton. The ILUA provides for consent for grants of tenure and approvals for port development, in return for benefit payments. The benefit payments are distributed through a number of funds and applications are encouraged that meet a pre-determined selection criteria including Education, Training, Capacity Building, Community Welfare, Cultural Awareness and Empowerment Outcomes. Since 2014, GPC has founded a long-term, collaborative and prosperous relationship with the Port Curtis Coral Coast Trust Limited which, in turn, manages the funds to support self-determination.