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Bravus backs First Nations footy


Bravus Mining and Resources has helped First Nations players take to the field in Rockhampton for the annual Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival.

Bravus, which operates the Carmichael coal mine near Clermont in central Queensland, was a major sponsor of the event.

Hosted each year by Darumbal Community Youth Service, the 2024 Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival saw 31 teams take to Saleyards Park for four days of football.

Local Rocky outfit Tunuba Dakani came out on top in the men’s competition while the Masada Iosefa and Gary Field Memorial Team were crowned women’s champions.

“Anyone who knows our business knows we’re big backers of rugby league – from the top as a Platinum Partner of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys right down to the grassroots level,” Bravus Mining and Resources head of community Kate Campbell said.

“We support rugby league not just because it’s something that’s important to our people and their families, but because of the positive benefits it brings to regional Queensland communities.

“We’re also passionate about maximising Indigenous engagement and participation in our workforce and showing First Nations people the pathways that exist to a rewarding career in the resources sector.

“The Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival brings both of these values together, and we couldn’t be prouder to have helped Darumbal Community Youth Service host such a high-quality event this year.”

Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival coordinator Jamie Simpson thanked Bravus for its support.

Carnival organisers modelling the referees apparel. Image: Bravus

“Thanks to Bravus Mining and Resources we were able to secure essential equipment, catering, entertainment and more, all of which contributed to the carnival’s positive and inclusive atmosphere,” he said.

Bravus Mining and Resources is well on its way to achieving the goals of its Indigenous Participation Plan to commit $7.5 million to First Nations education bursaries and pre-employment programs, $250 million in First Nations contracting and business development, and minimum employment targets that 10 per cent of trainees and 7.5 per cent of workers are First Nations people.

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