Elder says Indigenous workers denied gas plant jobs

A central Queensland elder says a gas company building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant near Gladstone has only employed about four people from the local Indigenous community.

Santos GLNG employs thousands of workers at its massive gas project on Curtis Island but local Goreng Goreng elder Malcolm Walker says Goreng Goreng people are being overlooked for jobs and training.

"We signed a deal with Santos, Santos [has] given us a commitment for 300 people on the island - we're still waiting," he said.

Mr Walker says the company failed to properly advise the Indigenous community while negotiating a land use agreement.

"We were never given the advice as to what they were doing - I mean the whole terms," he said.

"Up to this point we've got no engagement - I think it's about them getting away from their responsibilities as corporate citizens.

He says the community has raised the issue with the companies.

"I've been speaking with Petronas [a Santos GLNG shareholder] and every time you take it up the line about benefits or opportunities they say, 'well this is not our position, our position is here that's Santos' responsibility'," he said.

"It's just the old passing the buck." The Queensland Council of Unions yesterday signed a deal to help the Goreng Goreng community in future negotiations.

Santos has been approached for comment.

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