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Government gives Hawsons project huge boost

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

(From left) Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, Carpentaria Chairman Dr Neil Williams and Managing Director Quentin Hill during the announcement yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts (From left) Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, Carpentaria Chairman Dr Neil Williams and Managing Director Quentin Hill during the announcement yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

The region has received a significant boost as Broken Hill’s next major mine was announced as having Major Project status.

The announcement was made in the Town Square yesterday that Carpentaria Resources’ Hawsons Iron Project has received the project status.

One of just 14 projects nationwide to be awarded the designation, Major Project Status is granted by the Australian Government’s Major Projects Facilitation Agency to projects considered of strategic national interest requiring Australian Government approval. 

Under the designation, the government agency provides assistance by coordinating all the necessary federal regulatory requirements, including environmental approvals, while working with the New South Wales and South Australian Governments to determine state-level requirements.

The announcement was made by Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton.

“The Federal Government has given this special status, that is to facilitate proposal through to completion as quick as possible,” Mr Coulton said.

“It’s not a short cut.”

Mr Coulton said the project has the potential to develop jobs and the economy.

“Jobs for the region of this magnitude are welcomed anywhere, especially in Broken Hill,” he said.

“To think we still have a future for mining in Broken Hill; we’re not just looking back to the past all the time to the glory days.

“To have these projects stretching out for the next 20 years, it’s a wonderful shot in the arm for confidence.

“Not just for mining industry but people involved in real estate, local retail all other businesses that rely on people being in town with money to spend.”

Carpentaria’s Managing Director Quentin Hill said this approval would save them time and money in the long run.

“What it means for us is streamlined approvals; saving us time and money,” Mr Hill said.

“It gives us the vote of confidence from the government, it gives our international investors and our offtake partner’s significant confidence moving forward.

“Firstly, I would like to thank Federal Government for giving our project the best chance of success.

“We’re going to understand the community’s expectations, they will be heard and we will keep their best interests in mind.”

Mr Hill noted the importance of Government in driving the development of a potentially decades-long operation, offering significant jobs and investment for the Silver City.

“The Hawsons Iron Project could generate 1,200 jobs in the construction phase and 500 jobs in steady-state production, along with significant royalties and other economic benefits for the entire community,” Mr Hill said.

“Government support provides significant reassurance to overseas investors and we welcome Major Project Status designation as smoothing the project’s pathway towards development.

“We plan to maximise the benefits, by that I mean, at the right time we will talk to Council and the Regional Development Authorities to make sure all the jobs come from the region.

“We want to ensure Broken Hill community thrives, if we can offer jobs and long-term jobs for Broken Hill that is what we are going to do.”

Carpentaria has committed to working closely with the community and all other stakeholders as part of its ongoing stakeholder engagement program.

“We look forward to deepening our community engagement program as part of the EIS [Environmental Impact Statement] process to ensure the expectations of the local community are heard, considered and addressed,” Mr Hill said.

Located 60 kilometres south-west of the Silver City, the Hawsons project is backed by blue-chip steelmakers and trading houses from Asia and the Middle  East with collective annual revenues exceeding US$130 billion.

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