The Mirarr are Traditional Owners of the lands on which ERA operates.
Mirarr country encompasses the Ranger Project Area and the Jabiluka Mineral Lease, the town of Jabiru and parts of Kakadu National Park, including the wetlands of the Jabiluka billabong country and the sandstone escarpment of Mount Brockman.
The Mirarr hold beneficial freehold title to traditional country via the Kakadu and Jabiluka Land Trusts and in accordance with the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
In 1995, the Mirarr established the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, an incorporated body, to assist them to manage a balance between sustainable development and traditional practice on their land and to direct income from mining royalties across a wide range of fields and activities that cover heritage, economic and community development, education, training and employment.
The Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation represents the Mirarr Traditional Owners in discussions and negotiations with ERA on matters of mutual interest. This includes water management, cultural heritage and environmental protection, employment and training, housing and town planning, involvement in decision making processes, royalties, and the future of mining at Ranger.
In January 2013 a suite of agreements covering the Ranger Project Area were executed by the Mirarr Traditional Owners, ERA, the Northern Land Council, and the Commonwealth Government. These agreements cover the existing mining operations and address a range of historical issues. They also provide a structured approach for ongoing engagement and collaboration between the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and ERA.
The agreements entitle the Mirarr to greater participation in the benefits from mining on their land. This includes an increased share of royalties and establishment of a regional socio-economic sustainability trust. In addition, the agreement resulted in the formation of a relationship committee with ERA to promote information sharing and collaboration and an agreed approach to increasing opportunities for local Aboriginal participation in business development, training and employment.
The Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and ERA are represented on the Kakadu West Arnhem Social Trust and will each contribute funds on an annual basis. The Mirarr Traditional Owners are also represented via the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation on the Closure Criteria Committee Working Group and are formal members of the Ranger Minesite Technical Committee.