feature bringing thousands of years of knowledge
At Chevron Australia we are committed to building our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, strengthening the relationships between our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workforce and creating a more inclusive work environment and community.
Our Onslow Indigenous Sea Ranger Program is just one of the ways we support this commitment, with the sea rangers playing a key role in assisting us with protection of the local environment.
Lead Indigenous Sea Ranger and senior Thalanyji man Brian Hayes said as well as assisting with environmental monitoring and rehabilitation on Chevron sites, the program provides employment and educational outcomes for Pilbara Aboriginal people.
“We do a lot of monitoring and protection work, along with marine debris cleanup," he said.
"But through our TAFE qualifications we are moving to broaden our scope, particularly in assisting with rehabilitation on Thevenard Island where we will replant with native seeds we have collected from the area.
“Many of our rangers are connected to the Thalanyji people, on whose lands Onslow and the Wheatstone Plant sit. We have looked after our country for many generations before white settlers arrived.
"We know this land, how it has evolved, how it needs to be cared for and we bring that ancient knowledge to help Chevron fulfill its environmental responsibilities.
“The ranger program is another great way of bringing Aboriginal culture into the business to help care for the land that we both have an interest in. Everyone benefits from that.”
Chevron Australia launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) late last year, in collaboration with Aboriginal people from across our business and in the communities in which we operate.