Tiwi Islands – Northern Territory

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Tiwi elders, plantation company sign jobs deal…

Posted by tiwiccbb on November 22, 2007

Tiwi elders, plantation company sign jobs deal

ABC ONLINE

Posted Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:46pm AEDT

An organisation has been set up on the Tiwi Islands to help line Indigenous workers up with jobs on the island’s timber plantations.

A memorandum of understanding was today signed between Tiwi Island elders and Great Southern Plantations to place local workers in planting jobs on the company’s acacia plantations.

In the first stage, six workers will come from Pirlangimpi on Melville Island to help plant a 184 acres at Maxwell Creek.

Great Southern says in the past backpackers were brought over from Darwin to do the work, but it’s hoped in time Tiwi Islanders will fully replace them.

Tiwi Enterprises has partly been setup using money paid to traditional owners of Nguiu on Bathurst Island for signing a 99-year lease agreement.

 

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