GEPL was established in 1997 following the signing of the historic Yandi Land Use Agreement (YLUA) with Rio Tinto.
It is wholly owned by Gumala Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) and exists to return benefits to the Banjima, Yinhawangka and Nyiyaparli people of Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
Gumala means “all together” in traditional Banjima language and signifies the unification of the three distinct language groups which came together to negotiate YLUA.
GEPL’s vision is to be one of the leading Aboriginal businesses in Australia.
Its mission is to build profitable, socially-conscious and diverse enterprises that produce sustainable financial returns to the GAC Traditional Owners.
More than 30 per cent of GEPL’s current workforce is Aboriginal.