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General Gumala Foundation

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The General Gumala Foundation was established as a public benevolent institution in 1997. This followed the signing of the Yandi Land Use Agreement between the Gumala people (peoples of the Banyjima, Innawonga and Nyiyaparli language groups in the Pilbara) and Hammersley Iron, now Rio Tinto. The land use agreement was the first of its kind in Australia, and enables Rio Tinto to undertake mining activity on the traditional lands of the Gumala peoples in exchange for compensation. The Foundation was established with the objectives for the relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune or destitution of the Traditional Owners of the land being used for mining activity.

The Gumala Foundation comprises two entities - Gumala Investments Pty Ltd and Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, and has 19 employees who are based in Perth and Tom Price.  

Health and Wellbeing Highlights

The General Gumala Foundation are in the early stages of developing and implementing their workplace health and wellbeing program. They received Bronze recognition for:

  • Developing an action plan outlining health and wellbeing strategies to be implemented over the next 12 months, targeting the SNAP framework (smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity)
  • Providing shower and change facilities to enable staff to be physically active before and during work hours
  • Encouraging staff to participate in organised physical activity during their lunch break
  • Participating in National Nutrition week and promoting healthy eating by displaying posters around the office

The General Gumala Foundation are working with Healthier Workplace WA to deliver a more comprehensive program, with the aim of achieving Silver and then Gold recognition. 

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Industry Health Care & Social Assistance
Workplace size 0 - 19
Location Perth & Tom Price
Current Achievement
Sarisa Htay Accounts Officer - October 2016

"At Gumala we encourage healthy eating and physical wellness, because together they support a happier and more productive workforce. The activities we run also help to build team spirit."

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