Coongan is a Traditional Owner Project Management Agency committed to community
impact by having more of our people working collectively on country.
COMMUNITY IMPACT & CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING
CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
HERITAGE & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT ADVISORY
WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER WITH OUR VALUED PARTNERS throughout the Pilbara FOR OVER 10 YEARS.
We plan and prioritize increasing Aboriginal participation on all of our projects and look for opportunities where we can train and upskill Aboriginal people with vital land management skills. We also contribute a percentage of each project to our Giving Back To The Community program.
Here are some of our most recent projects.
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED
Coongan has conducted a number of archaeological (including excavation and salvages) heritage surveys for Fortescue within the Nyiyaparli native title determination area.
The Coongan archaeologists work alongside of several Nyiyaparli Representatives to complete the surveys and create the reports.
The surveys are generally conducted over one to three weeks with newly identified sites were recorded to site avoidance standard by the survey team.
RIGHTS RESERVED AREAS PROJECT
KARLKA NYIYAPARLI ABORIGINAL CORP
Coongan undertook a large project with KNAC to map the Rights Reserved Areas identified under the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Standard Agreement.
This involved the recording and capture of related cultural knowledge for over 20 sites across the Nyiyaparli native title determination area.
The project team worked with several senior Nyiyaparli and Martu men over four different on country trips and spent a week at a time visiting and recording the sites. Martu man, Curtis Taylor, was also involved in the project as the videographer.
Cultural Awareness Training
Coongan has delivered training sessions to over 35,000 people working on Nyiyaparli country since 2012.
This four-hour foundational cultural awareness session is designed to give people an insight into Nyiyaparli culture and explore how we can work together as we share the land and its resources.
It has been developed to include an interactive cultural journey through Nyiyaparli country and facilitators continue to share their knowledge through face-to-face interactions on mine sites within the Nyiyaparli native title determination area.
HERITAGE TRAINING & SITE RECORDING
Coongan conducted a Nyiyaparli heritage training and site recording program, funded by the Nyiyaparli Charitable Trust.
This project involved Nyiyaparli people participating in an eight-day intensive training course in Certificate III in Aboriginal Sites Work delivered on-country and involved the recording of four important Aboriginal heritage sites.
It engaged four training candidates, one elder as a cultural expert and two qualified heritage trainers.
WEED MONITORING PROGRAM
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED
For the past 4 years, Coongan has been delivering a weed mapping and monitoring program across Fortescue operational areas.
This project involved experienced Ecologists working alongside of Traditional Owners to map the weed activities across areas that have been impacted by mining.
Coongan undertook an archaeological work area/program clearance heritage survey of xxxxx within the Nyiyaparli native title determine area.
The Coongan archaeologists worked alongside of Nyiyaparli Representatives over the course of a week to complete the surveys and create the report.
ELEMENT 25, GREENMOUNT RESOURCES & MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED
Coongan has undertaken a range of ethnographic surveys within the Nyiyaparli native title determine area.
The Coongan archaeologists worked alongside of Nyiyaparli Representatives over a few days to complete the surveys and create the report.
Cultural Mapping Project
Coongan undertook a project to map ethnographic knowledge and cultural values across sites on the Nyiyaparli native title determination area.
This trip involved senior Nyiyaparli and Martu men out on country for three weeks camping and visiting the sites.
The project was also assisted by Andrew Dowding from Winyama and Martu man, Curtis Taylor, was involved in the project as the videographer.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL & ETHNO SURVEY
Coongan conducted an archaeological and ethnographic heritage survey for Roy Hill Iron Ore within the Nyiyaparli native title determination area.
Ten Nyiyaparli traditional owners were involved in the heritage survey along with two Coongan archaeologists and one anthropologist.
The survey was conducted over nine days and three newly identified sites were recorded to site avoidance standard by the survey team.
“The session on Aboriginal Engagement at FMG was particularly powerful. There was so much there that we did not know about before. The trainer provided context to Aboriginal disadvantage in the Community as well as showing that there are practical measures in place to be optimistic about the future. The trainers were able to present complex material in a very interesting and engaging manner. I wish there were more trainers around this like, it was brilliant.”
Find Out more About HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER
A 100% Aboriginal owned and managed project management agency working to strengthen communities by having more people work on country in meaningful roles.
We are a talented, multi-disciplinary team who has been working on Nyiyaparli country for over a decade now. We specialise in community development, heritage and conservation projects.
We contribute a percentage of each project to grassroots initiatives in community development, education and health each year.
Got a new project coming up? Talk to us about how we can work together and increase Traditional Owner and Aboriginal participation on your next venture.
Coongan Pty Ltd
13/36 Johnson Street
GUILDFORD, WA 6055