Indigenous artwork at Callide Power Station

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate.

  • At Callide Power Station the Traditional Owners are the Gaangulu People who inhabited the region of the Callide Dawson Valley, a site rich in dreaming and significant places. 
  • The recognised group for the land and waterways on which the Kogan Creek Power Station is built is the Barunggam people. The Western Downs region and specifically the areas along the Condamine River and Kogan Creek are meaningful cultural heritage sites. 
  • CS Energy’s corporate Office in Brisbane acknowledges the traditional land of both the Turrbal and Jagera People. 

Acknowledging Traditional Owners

All of our sites display plaques recognising the local traditional owners that host our operations. Meeting rooms in our corporate office are also named after our Traditional Owners, and each room contains a didactic that describes in detail the Traditional Owners relationship with the land. 

In the foyer of Callide Power Station, CS Energy displays an artwork by Gangalu artist James Waterton (pictured below). The piece displays the carpet snake (Gunjunara) and palm tree, which are totems of the Gaangalu People. 

James Waterton
Above: Gangalu artist James Waterton and his artwork, which is displayed in the foyer of Callide Power Station.

Learning from Traditional owners

Indigenous artist Shannon Ruska and his team from Tribal Experiences visited our Brisbane Office in 2023 as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. Shannon and his team shared stories and performed a number of dances honouring ancestors and representing family and mob.

Tribal Experiences performance
Image: Shannon Ruska and the Tribal Experiences team with CS Energy's Chair Adam Aspinall, CEO Darren Busine and Indigenous Engagement Advisor Neville Hoehne.

For NAIDOC Week in 2020, we learned more about the history of local First Nations people in Central Queensland with storytelling sessions with Darumbal and Yiman man Trent White. Trent is based out of Rockhampton and photographs First Nations people to help preserve their culture. It was a privilege to have Trent share with our us Indigenous language, country and his personal journey.

Presentation to Biloela High School
CS Energy purchased four of Trent White's works and donated them to nearby Biloela High School to share Indigenous culture with future generations.

At Kogan Creek Power Station, we are pleased to have established the Jules Armstrong Book Award, which is awarded annually to students at the nearby Brigalow State School. The prize recognises an outstanding student was created in honour of the memory of Jules, who was a well-known and highly respected local indigenous woman.