Salt company meets with community
The company behind the proposed 3.5Mtpa Ashburton Salt Project — south of Onslow — has taken time to canvass local communities again as the project moves through State Government approvals.
K+S Salt representatives travelled to Exmouth and Onslow this week to honour a commitment to regular discussions with the communities regarding the project.
K+S Salt Australia managing director Gerrit Godecke said the visits ensured the company could share updates and keep an ear to the ground about local feedback.
“Coffee catch-ups are an informal way to do this,” he said. “There is no set agenda — people can talk about whatever interests them.”
Since the last visit in September, the project has gone to the Environmental Protection Authority and will now be assessed by the Public Environment Review as part of the approvals process.
Mr Godecke said the next step involved preparing scoping documents to detail the environmental studies to be undertaken.
If it goes ahead, the Ashburton Salt Project will employ about 200 construction workers and 75 ongoing positions once in production.
A final decision will be made in 2019 at the earliest.