Indigenous artwork at Callide Power Station

Indigenous relations

CS Energy recognises the deep spiritual connection to the land, waters, and community of Australia’s Traditional Owners. As we pay respect to our rich cultural heritage, we also look to the future, and how we can build opportunities and pathways that might enhance the lives of Indigenous people.

Working with Traditional Owners

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

  • At Callide Power Station the Traditional Owners are the Gangulu People, a sub group of the Gaangalu Nation 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

We’re focused on strengthening our engagement with Traditional Owners, and taking our employees, contractors, and site visitors on a journey of education about the Traditional Owners’ cultural heritage.

We have installed plaques at all of our sites to recognise 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. The piece displays the carpet snake (Gunjunara) and palm tree, which are totems of the Ganaglu People. 

James Waterton
Above: Gangalu artist James Waterton and his artwork, which was unveiled in 2018 at Callide Power Station in front of an audience of employees and representatives of the Gangalu People.

In the 2020 NAIDOC Week we learned more about the history of our First Nations people at story telling sessions with Darumbal and Yiman man Trent White at Callide Power Station. 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 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.

We are pleased to have established the Jules Armstrong Book Award, which is awarded annually to students at Brigalow State School, near Kogan Creek Power Station. 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. 

Equal opportunity for Indigenous people

At CS Energy we’re striving to build a culture that’s safe, inclusive, and enables all employees to perform at their best. As part of our commitment to our Inclusion and Diversity policy we have employment targets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people.

These include:

  • Lift the percentage of ATSI in our workplace to three percent by 2022.
  • Increase percentage of ATSI in candidate pools.
  • Invest in developing the capability of ATSI employees.
  • Invest in sponsorship of ATSI to develop career pathways.
  • Expand the range of ATSI employment opportunities at CS Energy to include apprentice, graduate and trainee roles.

Our targets are closely aligned with the Public Service Commission’s inclusion and diversity targets and highlight our commitment to building workplace that better reflects the communities where we operate.

CS Energy is an equal opportunity employer.