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. We are 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.

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 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 (pictured below). 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. 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. 

Future priorities

in FY2021 we worked with a Rockhampton-based Indigenous leader to deliver an Indigenous Perspectives Consultation Report. The report outlines suggested actions CS Energy can take to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in our local communities.

In FY2022 we will begin implementing the strategy, which will form the basis of our inaugural CS Energy Reconciliation Action Plan. Priorities include attracting and retaining more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, delivering internal cultural awareness programs and participating in programs or initiatives that benefit Indigenous Australians.