Preserving the Pilbara’s Heritage

Grant Prellar is a compliance superintendent for heritage who works with crew of Aboriginal monitors. He looks at the sites, runs an induction process, manages the implementation of regulations and negotiates issues with the Department of Indigenous Affairs.

Grant, who has a degree in social science, had been trying to get into mining for a while, and got his big break 7 years ago. He scored a job with FMGL because they were just looking for people who are keen, which is what Grant is. In his job, he has learnt an enormous amount about the Aboriginal culture and finds it really interesting.

SkillsOne visited tradies who work in the mining industry in the Pilbarra, in Western Australia, run by Fortescue Metals Group.

Fortescue focusses on iron ore.
Fortescue's port, rail and mine project commenced construction in February 2006 with the turning of the first sod at the Company's port site at Anderson Point in Port Hedland. Just two years later, the open-access rail infrastructure is complete, the Fortescue Herb Elliott Port is operational and the mining operations at the Company's first mine site, known as Cloudbreak, are well underway.
VJ Michael Gumley