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Reconciliation in action
In May 2013, Arrow became the first CSG company in Queensland to launch a reconciliation action plan (RAP).
The plan outlines how Arrow will contribute to reconciliation by supporting employment, training, education and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our achievements over the past 12 months
We supported almost 40 Indigenous businesses to build their knowledge and skills and enable them to seek work in the CSG-LNG industry and related sectors.
We nurtured the talent of 25 Indigenous students through scholarships at six universities across Queensland.
Arrow provided training and employment opportunities for 15 Indigenous students in the Surat region through a partnership with All Trades Queensland and the Brisbane Broncos.
Our company respects Aboriginal cultural heritage and provides employment opportunities through 7,366 hours of cultural heritage survey work, equating to over 730 person-days of field work.
Our company is committed to Indigenous reconciliation and holds a vision of building respectful, enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Indigenous training program launched in
Western Downs region
We continued our partnership with All Trades Queensland (ATQ) and the Brisbane Broncos, expanding the Indigenous school-based traineeship and apprenticeship program into the Western Downs region. The program assists year 11 and 12 Indigenous students to complete their senior studies and transition to employment or further study.
The program was initially launched in Brisbane in 2013. Due to its success, we expanded to the Western Downs region in 2014, where 15 students will have an opportunity to gain on-the-job skills and qualifications to improve their employment prospects.
The 2014 program was launched at Dalby State High School's Bunya Campus by Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown. It provides work placements that match the students' interests to local businesses. At the end of the program, students will gain a nationally recognised certificate-level qualification, with all costs covered by Arrow.
The students also receive mentoring support from the Brisbane Broncos, which helps to develop their self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills. ATQ provides support for pre-employment preparation, ongoing mentoring and off-the-job training.
Arrow provided a work placement at its research farm, Theten, to Ally Engle, a year 12 student from Dalby State High School with a keen interest in agriculture. Ally undertook a school-based work placement in 2014 and has now been offered a 12 month full-time traineeship on the farm for 2015.
Building sustainable business through Whanu Binal
In 2014, Arrow launched our second Whanu Binal Indigenous business development program with introductory workshops in Dalby, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Mackay and Brisbane.
Whanu Binal is our program to build Indigenous participation in the CSG industry's supply chain through improved work skills and business capacity.
The introductory workshops provided Indigenous businesses with an overview of the industry, and helped participants to understand what major projects want from suppliers. Businesses that progressed from the workshops received a pathway plan for their development, and continuing guidance including networking and mentoring from local and regional businesses.
As a direct result of their participation, 17 businesses were supported to improve their Health, Safety and Environment systems, with four businesses able to pre-qualify as suppliers to Arrow in 2014.
Thomas Holden, managing director of Townsville-based training and security company Sundown Group, took part in Whanu Binal in 2013 and is already receiving interest to supply to the LNG industry.
"Back in 2009, getting involved in LNG was a 10-year goal for my company. Whanu Binal moved it forward. As a direct result of Whanu Binal, we're getting more interest in my company. We're in discussions with major international companies and we have the capability to acquire those works."
Managing Director Sundown Group, Thomas Holden
Arrow's gift of education to Indigenous teens
The gift of education could change the lives of 76 Indigenous high school students who graduated from Arrow-sponsored Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) scholarships. The program assists students to access affordable education and stay in school, which is a vital tool in closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The regional students were among 76 honoured for graduating from the QATSIF scholarship program, which enabled Indigenous students to complete year 12.
Arrow is QATSIF's first and only corporate partner, providing financial assistance for students to cover education-related expenses such as textbooks, tutoring, uniforms and cultural support.
QATSIF Board of Advice Chairperson,
Professor Cindy Shannon, said the scholarships were instrumental in assisting
Indigenous children to stay
Arrow is also supporting Indigenous education by providing 25 scholarships for university students at six leading universities. The scholarship packages, each valued between $5,000 and $10,000 per year, provide comprehensive support that also includes mentoring and links to industry.
"To have completed year 12 and achieved this standard of education can never be underestimated as one of the strongest foundations a person can have upon which to build their career and their future."
QATSIF Board of Advice Chairperson, Professor Cindy Shannon
Helping protect river health
Arrow's partnership with the Condamine Alliance continued to flourish in 2014, helping to improve the health of the Condamine River catchment and restore native fish numbers. Primary and high school students worked with Condamine Alliance staff on an important environmental project – the Dewfish Demonstration Reach. The project aims to protect and increase numbers of threatened species, stabilise eroding river beds, reduce weeds and pests, and generate environmental awareness within the community.
We also used our partnership with the Condamine Alliance to further benefit local waterways through a carp-reduction project and a tracking initiative to monitor native fish movement up and downstream.
"Our partnership with Arrow has secured the future for the Dewfish Demonstration Reach for the next three years. It has provided us the opportunity to work with the Dalby community to ensure a healthy river system for future generations,"
Phil McCullough, CEO Condamine Alliance
Five of this year's Condamine Awards finalists have undertaken work for this partnership, including representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Bowenville State School and the Western Downs Regional Council. The winner was Dr Andrew Norris from DAFF.
Aeromedical service gives Surat communities a lift
In 2014, the Surat Basin Gas Industry Aeromedical Retrieval Service flew more than 180 successful retrievals, assisting both CSG industry and community members.
Operating since 2011, the service has become a vital link for communities in southern Queensland and continues to save lives.
Queensland CSG companies Arrow, Origin, QGC and Santos have invested $35 million in the service over three years to minimise the impacts on public medical services while providing vital support for regional communities.
The service works closely with Queensland Health. Its primary helicopter and specialist medical crew including an emergency doctor, is based in Roma and a secondary crew and helicopter is based in Toowoomba.
"This has been a real partnership because when you are in areas so remote and so far from critical care, a lot of injuries that happen become life threatening."
Careflight CEO, Ashley Van de Velde
Life saving mobile medical clinic hits the road
Life-saving specialist care is being delivered to rural and regional Queenslanders under a partnership between Heart of Australia and Arrow.
Heart of Australia is the largest, custom-built mobile clinic in Australia, providing city-level cardiac and respiratory care to people who might otherwise miss out.
Fitted with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, it is staffed by a team of cardiologists and respiratory specialists and travels to Dalby, Roma, Charleville, St George and Goondiwindi each fortnight.
Since launching in October, more than 600 patients have used the service, resulting in 20 referrals and seven open-heart surgeries.
Broncos kick goals with Western Downs students
Goal setting and leadership were on the agenda when Brisbane Broncos players and Arrow staff visited students from Toowoomba and Dalby for 'Be a Champion' sessions in 2014.
More than 600 students from seven schools received lessons about the importance of focussing on personal goals and leading by example.
The visits, along with the Broncos Book Club, form part of Arrow's regional partnership with the National Rugby League team and provide engaging community activities for students, residents and fans in the region.
The always-popular Arrow Broncos Dalby Fan Day saw 1,200 fans flock to Dalby Leagues Club in February to see the full team in action.
Arrow puts their future in your hands
'Their Future in Your Hands' is a public education campaign to educate parents and caregivers of preschool children about the dangers and risks of low speed vehicle run overs, encouraging children and adults to treat driveways and car parks with the same caution as roads.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Their network of around 80,000 club members in 130 countries and territories works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls to achieve their individual and collective potential by assisting to facilitate access to formal and non-formal learning opportunities.
Eileen Mitchell, Safety Education Project Convenor for Soroptimist International Bayside, understands the importance of promoting safety through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
The 'Hold my Hand' photobook and car window decal, created by author Luise Manning, are designed to raise awareness and create safer attitudes.