'Must-do' for Adani business
MACKAY businesses have to work on two things if they stand a chance of landing any work at Adani's $16.5billion Carmichael Mine Project; develop an Indigenous Participation Policy and spruce up their websites.
Adani's regional content manager Ben Hughes explained this to a crowd of 150 at the Resource Industry Network's August Briefing.
"How do you get yourself to the top of that tree and moving through to the next stage, that is by marketing yourself well and the website is the first place people go to," he said.
"We live in a world where assessments are made by junior officers who come from often different demographics, who often live in different parts of the country." He said those people would judge businesses by the websites first and foremost.
The company executive spoke a lot about the Adani's partnership with traditional owners of the land the mine will be.
He said Adani expected the same from its contractors.
Mr Hughes said the company had a "stick' to enforce companies working on the mine project to follow through with Indigenous Participation Policy.
He said the policies would be in writing in contracts, reported on quarterly and then audited.
This along with Adani's commitment to employ 7.5% of their workforce from the traditional owners of the land, 2.5% from ex defence personal and 10% trainees.
Meanwhile, outside a small group of anti-Adani protesters chanted songs against the development of the mine.
Mackay Conservation Group community organiser Maggie McKeown said Mackay had suffered from the boom and bust coal industry.
"People are looking for answers but the State and Federal Government's shouldn't be thinking this is going to come out of a company and project like Adani," she said.
"Should be looking more towards long term sustainable jobs in renewable energy."