Proudly celebrating NAIDOC Week, Mineral Technologies hosted a Welcome to Country and raised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at its head office in Carrara, Queensland.
The Welcome to Country was led by Elder of the local Indigenous Kombumerri people and production technician Mal Thomson. Mal acknowledged the Kombumerri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Mineral Technologies’ business operates.
Mal also paid his respects to the Elders as well as past, present and emerging people of the Kombumerri, and extended that respect to other Indigenous people who were present.
Team members assembling for the Welcome to Country and flag raising.
Recognising that many of the 150+ Mineral Technologies team located at Carrara have a keen interest in learning more about the Kombumerri, Mal explained that his people traveled the lands north to the Coomera river and south to Tallebudgera Creek.
The above photo shows Alex with Indigenous team members (L-R) Riki Saltner, Apprentice; Alex de Andrade, Global Manager, Sales, Equipment and Technology; and Mal Thomson, Production Technician – Mechanical.
“Traditionally salt-water people, the Kombumerri trained local dolphins to herd sea mullet and other fish into nets and fish traps. Fish nets were made from local Hibiscus fibres,” Mal said.
Mal also noted that in the 1820’s explorer John Oxley landed at nearby Mermaid Beach which was named after his vessel the HMS Mermaid.
Flags flying at Carrara.
Alex de Andrade, Global Manager, Sales, Equipment and Technology, thanked Mal for his Welcome to Country and announced that Mineral Technologies would embrace and participate in a range of upcoming activities.
“We recognise that NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to come together and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. At Mineral Technologies, we are extending our focus beyond NAIDOC Week to include a range of activities throughout the year which will allow our Carrara-based team to actively learn more about the Kombumerri people and culture,” Alex said.
Activities will include guided tours of the Jellurgal Walkabout at Burleigh Heads which has countless culturally significant sites, and the introduction of Indigenous plants to the garden beds at Carrara.