Thunderbird Public Environmental Review Open for Comment

Written on the 16 January 2017

Thunderbird Public Environmental Review Open for Comment

The Public Environmental Review  for the Thunderbird  Mineral Sands Project is released for public review from 16 January to 13 February 2017.

Thunderbird is a large-scale, long life mineral sands mining and processing project, located on traditional Aboriginal lands,  with low environmental impacts and long term economic and community benefits.

Sheffield Resources is proposing to undertake mineral sands mining from the Thunderbird deposit, and to transport product to Derby and Broome for export through their respective ports.

Sheffield  has  prepared  the  Public  Environmental  Review  (PER)  in  accordance  with Environmental  Protection  Authority  (EPA)  procedures  and  with  respect  to  traditional owners.

The  PER  describes  the  Thunderbird  proposal,  examines  the  potential  environmental effects and proposes environmental management procedures for the Project.

Sheffield  considers  that  the  potential  impacts  to  the  environment  can  be  adequately managed to meet the EPA environmental objectives.

Acknowledging  Sheffield's  sustained  and  energetic  consultation  program,  Managing Director Bruce McFadzean is calling on the local community to continue to  inquire about the Project and to speak out. 

"Talk with us about Thunderbird, the products, the environmental and social impacts, the benefits  and  the  opportunities  for  your  families  and  your  communities,"  said  Mr McFadzean.

"Thunderbird  is  an  ideal  project  for  the  Kimberley  to  demonstrate  that  we  can  move forward together as a cohesive community. Thunderbird has low environmental impacts, long term benefits and is sustainable into the future.

"With  good  faith,  we  can  co-exist  respectfully;  culture,  conservation,  development, employment and tourism, and income  will  stay in the region supporting families, cultural values, jobs, business and lifestyle. It will be transformational," said Mr McFadzean.

Pastoralists,  traditional  owners,  Peninsula  communities,  conservation  groups,  service providers, interest groups, government and the community are engaging with Sheffield about  the  opportunities,  impacts  and  development  of  the  Thunderbird  environmental management plans.

Located mid-way between Derby and Broome, and with a mine life of more than 40 years, the Project offers up 140 locally-based intergenerational permanent jobs, and a  muchneeded  boost to the local economy. The project intends to  engage  local employees who will be bused to site and lodged at a permanent camp, during their rosters.




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