Wyatt gives backing to mining plan
State Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt has backed a proposal to mine mineral sands between Broome and Derby.
Speaking at a State Budget business breakfast in Broome last week, Mr Wyatt said he had been keeping an eye on the Sheffield Resources Thunderbird project.
The company has pledged up to 280 jobs will go to local people during the expected 42-year life of the operation.
Mr Wyatt said it had potential to be an exciting project.
“I really hope this is something which can get up and succeed,” he said.
“There is no doubt that traditional owners are perfectly entitled to exercise their legal right, but I just hope that this is something which ends ups as a great outcome for Sheffield and a great outcome for traditional owners because I think there is that capacity to be a real success.”
Sheffield last week announced to the ASX it had secured access to the Port of Derby to export its product by signing a binding agreement with the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley. The deal spans a minimum of 20 years of planned production and provides the company with long-term access to a bulk handling facility and associated infrastructure at the port.