Argyle Diamond Mine Participation Agreement
MELBOURNE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)– After 37 years of operation and the depletion of its economic reserves, the legendary Argyle mine celebrated its last day of operation in the remote Kimberley region of eastern Western Australia. “Fifty years ago, there were very few people who thought there were diamonds in Australia,” said Arnaud Soirat, CEO of Copper and Diamonds at Rio Tinto. Argyle Diamonds sought to correct the imbalance by ensuring that communication was tailored to the needs of traditional owners. The traditional owners were caught on guided tours of the mine, including the underground mine. Various visual strategies have been developed to explain the impact of mining on their land. Translators have been deployed everywhere to ensure that everyone can follow and participate in the negotiations. All important documents were created in a format containing simple English interpretations. There is also a fixed payment. During the mine`s most profitable years, payments peaked at $8 million.
After the commission, the seeds are transported in the gelganyem scales of Kununurra, about 200 km north of the mine site. The nearby Argyle diamond mine is three years after the closure, and a licensing fund intended to ensure that the future of the commune is greatly depleted. One of the main priorities of the Argyle Agreement is to achieve the results of training and employment for local Aboriginal people. Argyle Diamonds is committed to giving local Aboriginal people the support and taste for work and training in the mine. The training and employment management plan contains principles for business and employment, which aim to achieve and maintain a local Aboriginal employment rate of 40% at the start of the underground mine in 2008, which will continue until the mine closes. Ethnography found that it existed and was a traditional system that gave geographical areas or land (Dawang) to certain groups of people. Unfortunately, the global diamond market collapsed for both parties when, a few years ago, the monopoly of South African diamond distributor De Beers was broken. De Beers had kept prices artificially high. The local Ted Hall says the diamond wealth has not helped the communities of Gija and Mirriuwung around Kununurra, but has caused fighting and havoc among family members.