Kakadu West Arnhem Social Trust

Kakadu West Arnhem Social Trust (KWAST) was established in February 2013 and is a tangible outcome of the renegotiation of the Ranger uranium mine agreement between the Commonwealth Government, uranium mining company Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC).

The Trust exists to “assist disadvantaged Aborigines in the Kakadu West Arnhem region now and in the future” and receives a portion of the royalties paid under the renegotiated Ranger agreement. KWAST is registered with the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC) as a charitable trust.

Funds from the Trust are allocated by a five person board which includes two representatives each from GAC and ERA and an independent chair: Mr David Ward of Te Anau consulting. In making decisions about allocation of funds the Trustee “must consider how best to achieve long-term intergenerational benefits of the Trust Fund and seek uses of the Trust Fund which will contribute to a reduction of systemic disadvantage for Aboriginal people in the Kakadu West Arnhem region.”

L-R: Children's Ground CEO Jane Vadiveloo, Malcolm Nango (aged 7), David Ward Kakadu West Arnhem Social Trust Chair and GAC Chair Annie Ngalmirama announce funding for Children's Ground