Thunderbird must proceed
On the back of the lodgement of yet another appeal with respect to the Thunderbird mineral sands project by the claimant group to the Full Federal Court of Australia, I am compelled to express my views.
It seems that everyone I speak to supports Thunderbird as a great project for various reasons, including Aboriginal commitment, low environmental impacts and no FIFO. Yet, now, this latest appeal seems to convey strong opposition to the project.
I am asking all ratepayers to consider their approach to development, to find a way, to demonstrate we can move forward together as a community.
Our reputation as a community and our economic future rests on this. Is Broome open for business or closed for business?
It is estimated that Thunderbird’s local salaries and business commitments are expected to exceed $1 billion over the life of mine, let alone more than $700 million to the State, $1.3 billion in company tax and $300 million in employee taxes.
Thunderbird will be the catalyst to stimulate other infrastructure development in the Kimberley, together with economic development.
Project development in the Kimberley is challenging — we all know that. There are other projects competing with Thunderbird for investors.
The resources industry, investors and developers have a close eye on Thunderbird as Sheffield endeavours to achieve permitting and native title approval in the Kimberley.
If you agree, and care about a sustainable future for Broome, please shout out your support.
Sheffield’s engagement, transparency and sincerity is second to none. We don’t want to lose them.