Integrating Aboriginal Communities and the Rare Earth Industry
November 22, 2019
The Federal Member for Durack has congratulated the Wunan Foundation, Northern Minerals and remote East Kimberley communities at the opening of the Browns Range Heavy Rare Earths Project, 160km South-east of Halls Creek.
“This project has connected the East Kimberley region to the global rare earth industry by providing the opportunity for Indigenous people to be trained on-site at a rare earth plant,” Ms Price said.
“The completed development includes the construction of the rare earth pilot plant, and facilities and accommodation for two trainers and six trainees, integrating local Aboriginal communities and the rare earth industry,” Ms Price said.
In Durack, this project provides a unique training experience that connects a physical training centre with a workplace. This investment will also produce long-term social and economic benefits to local Aboriginal people through an innovative training-to-work initiative.
The Morrison Government’s $4.8 million investment in community infrastructure through its Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) would provide long term benefits to Northern Australia.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack praised the completion of the project.
“By supporting 149 jobs in construction and creating an expected 300 ongoing jobs, in addition to using local businesses and supplies, this project will help bring economic prosperity to Northern Australia for many years to come,” Michael McCormack said.
An MOU was developed between the Wunan Foundation and Northern Minerals, outlining their respective responsibilities for the project period.The four year pilot plant project will be followed by full-scale mining operation. Northern Minerals. has advised that the total cost of constructing the pilot plant has been in excess of $34 million.
Rose Crane 0427 587 395, Rosemea.Crane@aph.gov.au