Thun­der­bird must pro­ceed

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Harold Tracey, Broome

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.

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