Our Communities

We are committed to making positive social and economic contributions in the areas where we operate, and to ensure our stakeholders are informed through open and transparent communications and proactively engaging with communities.
Stakeholder Engagement
Establishing long-term relationships with the communities in which we operate underpins our Community Policy, which establishes a framework to engage with all our stakeholders.

Our approach is guided by the five pillars of Communication, Transparency, Collaboration, Inclusiveness and Integrity which cover the following principles:
  • Open and effective engagement involving two-way communication, access to clear, accurate and relevant information and timeliness in responses;
  • Clear and agreed information and feedback processes that are unambiguous, candid and understood by all users;
  • Working collaboratively with all stakeholders to seek mutually beneficial outcomes that contribute to local and regional economies;
  • Recognising, understanding and involving communities and stakeholders early and throughout the life of mine;
  • Respecting Traditional Owners, pastoralists and community members’ right to derive benefit from the land;
  • Conducting engagement in a manner that fosters mutual respect and trust; and
  • Operating in a way that preserves and advances the interests of stakeholders where possible and accepting responsibility for our actions.
We hold regular community information sessions in Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction so local residents can meet with our leadership team, as well as listen to the latest project updates and raise questions and concerns directly with us.
Local Employment and Procurement
Adding value to local communities is central to our vision. We facilitate the fulfilment of this commitment by maximising opportunities for members of our community, including residents of the Carnarvon and Upper Gascoyne region, local businesses, Traditional Owners and those with interests in the area in which we will operate.
Through our Inclusion and Diversity Policy, we are committed to developing a workforce plan that creates opportunities for local content. We also work closely with local contractors to facilitate the employment of residents in the Gascoyne region.
As activities at the Yangibana Project mine site has increased, we have engaged with local and Aboriginal-owned businesses. As we move into the main construction phase, we will continue to develop local opportunities to ensure our operations adds value to the region. Where possible, the members of the local communities are our first choice of contractors.

Partnering with Traditional Owners
Hastings recognise the cultural, spiritual and physical connections that Aboriginal people have with the land, water, plants and animals. We are committed to implementing strategies to avoid and, where avoidance is not possible, mitigate impacts to cultural heritage values.

We engage with Traditional Owners before conducting activities, respecting and managing cultural heritage in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner, and providing cultural awareness training to our workforce.

We are committed to working closely with local Aboriginal people and communities to ensure that we make a positive contribution through a range of employment and business development opportunities.

We are proud of our strong relationship with the Traditional Owners of the land on which Stage 1 of the Yangibana Project is located – the Thiin-Mah, Warriyanka, Tharrkari and Jiwarli (TMWTJ) People – which is based on open and transparent engagement.

In 2017, we signed the Yangibana Rare Earths Project Agreement with the TMWTJ People, following the granting of their Native Title claim. By engaging early with our Traditional Owners, we have been able to co-design and develop the project with cultural consideration in mind and to protect important heritage sites.
In October 2023, Hastings and the TMWTJ People reaffirmed their mutual commitment to working collaboratively to develop the Yangibana Project, following the five-year review of the Yangibana Rare Earths Project Agreement signed in 2017.

An important milestone ahead of the commencement of main construction, the review included discussions around employment, training and business opportunities, as well as a review of appropriate goals and targets.

Meeting on-country, the Implementation Committee visited heritage sites identified and protected around Yangibana with TMWTJ Senior Elder Peter Salmon.

“Hastings has taken the time to listen to us and has also made time to better understand our cultural practices. Hastings have also made time and effort into taking care of our country – I am happy with the way the project is progressing,” Mr Salmon said.