Salt com­pany meets with com­mu­nity

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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