Tanami contributes millions of dollars annually to Northern Territory economy through the employment of local citizens, the purchase of goods and services, payroll taxes, government royalties, land use payments, salaries and supporting community projects. We invest directly and significantly in community initiatives that support community capacity-building activities, including scholarships, in-kind support and sponsorship grants.
We also invest in cultural events. In 2010, we entered into a three-year strategic partnership with the South Australian Museum to fund a project to catalogue and digitize Australia’s largest collection of Aboriginal cultural artifacts. The online resource will make this valuable collection available to Indigenous communities and educators worldwide.
The partnership also supports the physical exhibition at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide and the mobile exhibition of the historically and culturally significant Tanami or Yuendumu Door. The Yuendumu Doors were created in 1983 by senior Warlpiri men, including Paddy Japaljarri Stewart and Paddy Japaljarri Sims, who took the historic opportunity to paint their sacred Dreaming designs onto the doors of the remote Yuendumu school, 250km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. It was a key moment in the history of Australian art, and it symbolised the Warlpiri’s decision to explain the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) to the world beyond their desert home. There are 30 original Doors.
Newmont also supported the 2012 Milpirri Festival, a cultural dance held every two years that brings together male and female elders, parents, and young people to express their culture through traditional and contemporary forms of dance. The Festival is credited with increasing school attendance throughout the year and connecting generations by sharing cultural customs and stories in a modern setting.
Newmont invests in community programs include support for staff housing for the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation; the Waninjawarnu Project, which provides resources on nutrition and healthcare to parents; the National Indigenous Music Awards; and the Books in Willowra Homes project, which works to improve literacy among young children in the community.