ElectraNet acknowledges and respects Aboriginal peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters in South Australia.

Land is the core of all spirituality for Indigenous Australians. We respect the views of Traditional Owners and work together with them in harmony to deliver projects in ways that respect their spiritual connection with the land.

At ElectraNet, we understand and respect culture. We are committed to protecting sites of cultural significance, of both Aboriginal and European origin, helping to preserve them for current and future generations.

We value building long-term relationships and partnerships with Traditional Owners during the planning, construction and maintenance of all transmission developments. We initiate comprehensive consultation with Traditional Owners to identify potential cultural heritage risks and issues from the development activities and minimise them to protect sites of cultural significance.

This would often require detailed ground surveys with archaeologists and anthropologists, and relevant Traditional Owner groups are invited to participate in the assessment.

The survey outcomes are included in each transmission development’s Development Application (DA), Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) and Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP).

Landmark Relationship Agreements

In 2008 ElectraNet established an Aboriginal Heritage Area Agreement with the Barngarla peoples for project activities on Eyre Peninsula and in the upper Mid North region. This was a first for a non-mining industry participant in South Australia and places us as a leader in collaborative relationships with Traditional Owners.

In 2010, we achieved significant progress in formalising a Relationship Agreement with the Kaurna people, in recognition of the need and benefits of working together in a collaborative and respectful way.

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