Ranger uranium mine and the Mirarr (Part 2), 2000-2014: 'A risk to them is a risk to us'

Graetz, Geordan (2015) Ranger uranium mine and the Mirarr (Part 2), 2000-2014: 'A risk to them is a risk to us'. Extractive Industries and Society, 2 1: 142-152. doi:10.1016/j.exis.2014.10.005


Author Graetz, Geordan
Title Ranger uranium mine and the Mirarr (Part 2), 2000-2014: 'A risk to them is a risk to us'
Formatted title
Ranger uranium mine and the Mirarr (Part 2), 2000-2014: 'A risk to them is a risk to us'
Journal name Extractive Industries and Society
ISSN 2214-790X
2214-7918
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.exis.2014.10.005
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 142
End page 152
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Reporting on data obtained from field research comprising interviews with key stakeholders, participant observation and shadowing of a senior member of the company's community relations team, this paper examines recent milestones in the relationship between Energy Resources of Australia, the operator of the Ranger uranium mine in Australia's Northern Territory, and Mirarr, the Traditional Owners of the lands on which the mine is located. Historically, this relationship was characterised by conflict and mistrust, with attendant negative social impacts and business risks, and perceptions of social risks. However, in the last 15 years, the mining company has adopted a changed approach to community engagement and actively has sought to respect and enable the rights of Mirarr. Using the lenses of human rights, social risk, business risk and social impact, the paper argues that the company's changed approach to engagement with its principal stakeholders has led to more positive and mutually beneficial development outcomes, a reduction in business risks, and the enabling of Mirarr rights. This paper constitutes the second of two papers charting the relationship over time between Mirarr and Energy Resources of Australia.
Keyword Ranger
Mirarr
Energy Resources of Australia
Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
Uranium mining
Rights
Risk
Social impacts
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 15 Nov 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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