Alien Metals Ltd (AIM: UFO) has announced that its subsidiary company the Iron Ore Company of Australia Pty Ltd (IOCA) has executed a heritage agreement (HPA) with the PKKP Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (PKKP AC) associated with its exploration licence at its wholly-owned Vivash Gorge Project in Western Australia.
IOCA has entered into the agreement for its exploration licence, the purpose of which is to facilitate IOCA’s exploration co-operatively with the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people while ensuring best practice protection of their cultural heritage.
“The company and its board would like to thank the PKKP Aboriginal Corporation and its Board of PKKP Directors for their support in execution of the HPA,” commented Alien Metals CEO Troy Whittaker.
“The Vivash Gorge prospect is an important part of the company’s strategy to develop and expand its iron ore operations in the Pilbara Region, Western Australia. Execution of this HPA allows the company to unlock this strategic tenement that sits within close proximity to proven large scale production mines like Fortescue’s Eliwana and Rio Tinto’s Brockman 4.”
The Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People are the common law holders over native title determination that spans the Vivash tenement. The HPA is the first step in the company’s engagement with PKKP Traditional Owners in relation to the Vivash Project and their endeavours for long-term collaboration, cooperation and agreed protection measures for areas of cultural importance to the PKKP people and, inter alia, to provide the basis for the Company undertaking the required heritage surveys.
Execution of the HPA allows IOCA to begin engaging with PKKP AC to arrange heritage surveys as part of planning exploration campaigns at the Vivash Prospect looking for potentially new prospects of iron ore resource.
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