QGC Pty Limited, a BG Group company, has invested almost AU$ 1 million in cultural and education programs to help young Indigenous people in Gladstone and the Western Downs realise their potential.
The LNG company has provided AU$ 497,000 to help school and community leaders improve school participation and results through a partnership with leading non-profit development organisation Stronger Smarter Institute.
Since its establishment in 2005, Stronger Smarter Institute has facilitated over 70 programs and attracted more than 1500 participants.
The first of two week-long residential programs for school and community leaders held this month in Cherbourg focused on raising students' aspirations.
School and community leaders from Gladstone and Western Downs attended the first QGC and Stronger Smarter Institute development program at Cherbourg in July.
Vice President Sustainability, Brett Smith, said the partnership embodies QGC's efforts to improve access to economic opportunities, training and education for young people in the Queensland Curtis LNG Project area.
Improve education and employment
Smith commented: "Government reviews have identified links between low levels of achievement and educational disadvantage, particularly among students from low socioeconomic and indigenous backgrounds.
"Organisations such as Stronger Smarter Institute do an incredible job of improving the way that students, particularly from indigenous backgrounds, experience education and we're thrilled to be able to support their work.
"Through our AU$ 150 million Social Impact Management Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan, we have invested in projects and partnerships designed to improve education and employment for indigenous people."
QGC has also invested AU$ 420,000 in a 12-month partnership with Titans 4 Tomorrow, the community outreach arm of the Gold Coast Titans National Rugby League Club, to encourage young indigenous people in the Surat Basin to finish school.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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