In January 2019, Peter Romeo Gianni and WGAC entered into a heritage protection and land access agreement as a precondition to the grant of exploration
licence E47/3627 to Mr Gianni. Mr Gianni did not inform WGAC that in 2018 he had agreed to sell exploration licence E47/3627.
In early 2020, WGAC was notified that an ASX listed company had bought Mr Gianni’s interest in exploration licence E47/3627. WGAC made enquiries
and discovered that between June and August 2019, without the knowledge or consent of WGAC or Mr Gianni, the company entered Eastern Guruma land
and conducted exploration activities within culturally important, sacred sites south of Tom Price. WGAC has advised Mr Gianni that during
those exploration activities damage to cultural heritage occurred.
The actions of Mr Gianni and the ASX listed company have caused distress to WGAC and the Eastern Guruma people.
WGAC complained to Mr Gianni about his non-disclosure and conduct contrary to the terms of the heritage protection and land access agreement.
Mr Gianni has advised WGAC that his breaches were administrative oversights.
Mr Gianni and WGAC have agreed to a confidential financial settlement. Mr Gianni has also provided a letter of apology to WGAC and the Eastern Guruma people.