Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan
Derby Business Expansion Shows Sign Of Confidence In The Kimberley
Victor P Taffa
- New Derby office to support developing mineral sands project operations
- Thunderbird project to provide a boost to local jobs and the Kimberley economy
- Sheffield Resources commits to developing a local Aboriginal workforce
Local business Sheffield Resources is cementing its commitment to the Kimberley region by opening a Derby office as part of the developing Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project.
Premier Mark McGowan joined Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer MLA for the office opening.
“My Government is focussed on investing in regional areas, driving local content and creating jobs to benefit local communities across Western Australia.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“We have been implementing our Plan for Jobs and already through State Government led initiatives we are making it easier for Western Australia businesses to approach government with project ideas.”
Sheffield Resources decision to mine mineral sands on the Dampier Peninsula represents a significant investment in the State.
Project will employ up to 250 people during construction and 280 once operational and is targeting 40 % Aboriginal employment in the first 8 years of operations.
Thunderbird will operate on a drive-in drive-out basis to ensure employees can live and work locally.
“Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project is expected to create hundreds of jobs and opportunities for the local community.” Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer said.
“I commend Sheffield Resources for its work with local businesses already to secure goods and services such as electrics, workwear and equipment for its operations and I hope this level of local content and support continues to grow.”
This level of investment is a nod of confidence in the industry and further highlights the State’s position as a leading supplier of these important minerals.
Thunderbird is a world class mineral sands project estimated as being among the largest and highest grade of Zircon and Ilmenite rich ore reserves.
Local Derby office will play a pivotal role in supporting the project, which is creating local employment and business opportunities.
Existing infrastructure at the Port of Derby will be used for storage, transhipment and export of bulk commodity products from Thunderbird. A 20-year access agreement has been secured with the Shire of Derby West Kimberley and the Department of Transport.
Project is expected to benefit the native title holders of the region.