Mineral sands-focused company Sheffield Resources has officially opened its new office facility in Derby, Western Australia.
The office will play a pivotal role in supporting the development of the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project, one of the largest and highest grade mineral sands discoveries in the last 30 years.
Sheffield Managing Director, Mr Bruce McFadzean said the project is targeting 40% Aboriginal employment in the first eight years of operations.
“Thunderbird offers enormous opportunities, and we’ve pledged to the Kimberley community to provide local jobs, training and business opportunities to ensure benefits stay in the Kimberley,” Mr McFadzean said.
“The Derby office will be the first point of contact for local community and stakeholder inquires and will provide support to site for the owners works team.”
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, who attended the ceremonial opening of the Derby office, said the project will create up to 250 people during construction and a further 280 full time jobs once fully operational.
“It’s pleasing to see the private sector show a greater commitment to boosting local content and local jobs in their operations,” the Premier added.
“As the Thunderbird project continues to grow, Sheffield Resources will be able to further strengthen its ties to the Kimberley region through the local jobs, training and business opportunities.”
“The State Government is pleased to have worked closely with Sheffield Resources to leverage its existing infrastructure and secure this investment for the State.”