As the solar farm will reside on traditional Aboriginal land, the Indigenous community is an important and welcome stakeholder. The project Steering Committee is well-guided by representatives of Indigenous Business Australia and Bookitja (a subsidiary of the Perth Noongar Foundation) with the intention that the actions of the Partnership will include increasing Indigenous engagement with a culturally sensitive approach.
The broader Northam community is an equally important stakeholder. The development of the Northam Solar farm would not be possible without the support and assistance of the Northam Shire Council and its constituents.
Northam and its surrounds are located in Ballardong Noongar Boodja (country). In the area around the Northam Solar Farm there are a number of sites registered as meeting Section 5 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. There are no registered Aboriginal sites or other heritage places within the solar farm site however this does not diminish our regard of the importance of the land to the Traditional Owners of the area.
It is our hope that this project is a part of a small, historic step towards harmonising modern business with Indigenous ownership and engagement.