Wy­att gives back­ing to min­ing plan

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

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.

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