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ISSUE 3 - MAY 2018  
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As the skies clear in the Kimberley, we’re pleased to share our second Thunderbird Newsletter of 2018. After record-breaking rainfall, we’re back on site with local contractors undertaking Government approved preliminary works to enable geotechnical testing for the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project. 

We’re also working closely with our community partners as we look forward to Careers Week in Broome and to supporting the Mowanjum Festival as a sponsor of this year’s event.

Please read more about our activities in this newsletter and visit our website for more information about Sheffield Resources and the Thunderbird Project.  

Thunderbird Project Status

Momentum continues to build at Thunderbird, located midway between Derby and Broome, with Government approved early works resuming following a lengthier than usual wet season. The works will provide improved road access to the site, construction water and a 60-person accommodation village ahead of required geotechnical site investigation activities.

Kimberley-based contractor McCorry Brown Earthmoving is on site, undertaking the works which will pave the way for the start of the two-year construction phase. McCorry Brown Business Manager, Kodee Brown, said it was pleasing to see Thunderbird moving forward.

“Sheffield’s Thunderbird project is good for local businesses that have the knowledge, flexibility, capability and economics to win the work,” Mr Brown said

“We have been established in Broome for more than 29-years, have sound experience within our region and are delighted to be one of the first local cabs off-the-rank. Thunderbird brings with it huge long-term business and employment opportunities for Derby, Broome and for the people on the Dampier Peninsula and it’s reinforced by Sheffield’s pledge to local jobs and no FIFO."

Sheffield has contracted further local businesses to install temporary units to accommodate workers for the construction of the 60-person accommodation village which will include kitchen, laundry, office and cool rooms.

Lift n Rig, Regal Transport and Dean Wilson Transport are moving the temporary accommodation facilities to site, plumbing and electricals will be undertaken by Nudj Plumbing and Kimberley Electrical, while Grateful Palate will provide catering services. The Thunderbird Trainees are working on the installation of accommodation units.

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Thunderbird customers delight in local culture 

Companies around the world that will purchase mineral sands produced by Sheffield at Thunderbird will receive an everlasting reminder of Kimberley’s unique culture.  

Sheffield will present paintings by Derby artists Patrina Bedford, Tanisha Wungundin-Allies and Edna Dale to its customers in Spain, India and China. Sheffield’s Marketing Manager Neil Patten-Williams was keen to acknowledge the signing of customer agreements and the start of long-term relationships with a meaningful tribute and he found his answer in Derby.

“The presentation of symbolic gifts is culturally significant to our customers and should not be underestimated in helping to create a solid foundation for our long-term trading relationships. Sharing these works with our customers demonstrates our commitment to the community and our respect for Aboriginal culture.”

The evocative artworks will be presented to customers, along with a picture of the artist, the story behind the painting and insights into Aboriginal culture. Each customer will have the opportunity to meet their artist when they visit the Kimberley to see the mineral sands zircon and ilmenite products and the supply chain and export facilities at Derby and Broome ports.

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Petrina Bedford “Wandjina” 2017 (L); Kim Pervan Sheffield Resources; (R)Tanisha Wungundin-Allies, “Wandjina with 2 Dunbi Owls” 2018.
Thunderbird Trainees Steal the Limelight
Thunderbird trainees are combining a challenging work and training routine with an occasional role talking to local communities about their work. At a Broome-based business after hours event, the trainees assisted with a presentation to 100 guests about partnering with Aboriginal organisations.  The trainees also featured in a GWN7 news report and will participate in Careers Week presentations at Broome Senior High School in May.

The trainees are members of the Group Training Program, launched earlier this year in partnership with the Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation. The Program enables graduates of Sheffield's Work Ready Programs to be employed with Nirrumbuk and rotate through a variety of activities, including early works at Thunderbird and placements with other Kimberley-based construction businesses. The trainees are working towards a Certificate 3 in Civil Construction and a construction role on the Thunderbird Project.

The Thunderbird trainees enjoy taking to the stage at the Broome business event.
Thunderbird Trainee, Sunimah Counsellor, prepares for interview with GWN7 Derek Hobbs.
Health and Safety
Collaborating with local health, safety and emergency agencies is a top priority for Sheffield’s Manager Health and Safety, Greg Stagbouer.

Greg is meeting with stakeholders in Derby and Broome to discuss expectations and ways of working together in the event of fire and emergencies. Greg said the safety of everyone directly or indirectly involved in the Thunderbird Project was Sheffield’s highest priority and it was important to work closely with all health, safety and emergency agencies.

“If there is a cyclone at Thunderbird, a fire or call out to an incident, we must be able to operate like a well-oiled machine.”  

“We will share technical applications and training and we will make sure that our equipment complements each other’s. We must work as one if there is an emergency on the Peninsula.”

Greg  has met with local representatives of FESA, St John Ambulance, KIRSA (Kimberley Industry Road Safety Alliance), WA Police, WA Country Health Services, Roadwise, Holy Rosary School Derby, Broome and Derby shires and hospitals, and will join several committees. 
WA Police Derby OIC Larry Miller (L), and Sheffield’s Greg Stagbouer discuss Loch Street, to be used to truck product to the port for shipping, and the importance of pedestrian safety,
Grant Pipe (R), Superintendent, Kimberley FESA discuss plans for mitigating fire and emergencies with Sheffield’s Manager Health and Safety, Greg Stagbouer.

Sheffield continues to progress Works Approval and Mining Proposal Applications with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS). An outcome of the appeals in response to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) report is anticipated in coming weeks. 

Sheffield has developed Bilby Protocols to minimise impacts resulting from land clearing and has been talking to stakeholders to gain feedback. If you are interested in reviewing these and providing constructive feedback, please contact Thunderbird’s environmental consultant, Gayle Keys,

Burn plans are essential in the Kimberley and the recent big wet has made the 2018 plan more important than ever. 

Gayle said the Project’s location in the middle of the Dampier Peninsula, and the fact that it is hosted by a pastoral station, underscores the importance of being well-prepared. 

“We are a participant on the Peninsula, not an observer," Gayle said. “We take a holistic approach to fire management to protect life, property and cultural sites, as well as the vegetation and wildlife upon which pastoral sustainability depends.”

Thunderbird Rangers and the environmental team recently attended both the DFES Kimberley Fire Forum and the Dampier Peninsula Fire workshop to collaboratively plan to mitigate and manage fire events on the Peninsula and across the Kimberley.
Rangeland NRM’s Grey Mackay, Thunderbird Ranger Terry Marshall, Environmental Consultant Gayle Keys, and Thunderbird Ranger Roneill Skeen ensure they have a well-developed burn plan for 2018.
Our People 

Vanessa Hughes: General Manager - People & Community 
Vanessa is a Human Resources and Organisational Development specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas across a range of industries. 

Vanessa has recently joined Sheffield and is responsible for ensuring the company has the right people and culture in place to meet its objectives, and ensure it upholds its social licence to operate the Thunderbird Project.

Our Team

Sheffield is committed to supporting local training, employment and businesses as it develops the Thunderbird Project. 

Of Sheffield’s 41 employees, 36% are Kimberley locals while Aboriginal employees represent 32% of the total workforce. These figures include the eight Thunderbird trainees employed by Sheffield through Nirrumbuk, comprising three women and five men, all of whom hail from the West Kimberley.
News and Views 
Channel 7 featured the Thunderbird Project, with the spotlight on Sheffield’s commitment to a drive-in drive-out workforce (DIDO) and its Group Training Programs.  

Click here to watch the news report.
Trainee Mark Taylor learns about the workings of the media as Derek Hobbs, GWN 7, prepares him for an interview.

Ella Doonan Manager Mowanjum Arts said that Mowanjum is pleased to welcome Sheffield Resources as a sponsor of this year’s Mowanjum Festival 2018. 

“Support such as this acknowledges the cultural significance of the event and helps ensure its future. In 20 years, Mowanjum Festival has attracted thousands of visitors to the region whilst remaining a beloved community-owned event.” 

Please click here to learn more about the Mowanjum Festival.

Stewart Milne, Vice-President  Derby CCI, said Sheffield's sponsorship of Derby's small business awards reflects the company's support of the local business community. He said Sheffield is supporting Derby by focusing on local employment, training and the overall improvement of the community through its capital investment in the Thunderbird Project.

“Sheffield has worked closely with the Derby business community and we are happy to have Sheffield as a sponsor of our small business awards for 2018,” Stewart said. 

“This shows their dedication to supporting the West Kimberley and Derby and we look forward to a lasting relationship with Sheffield in their endeavours.”
Trevor Brown and Ellie from the Spinifex Hotel, and Stuart Pether, Sheffield’s Chief Operating officer (C). Trevor and Ellie were the winners of the 2018 Small Business Award (6-10 employees).
Nudj Plumbing is one of the local businesses undertaking early works at Thunderbird.
Sheffield Resources is developing the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project mid-way between Derby and Broome. With a mine life of 42 years, Thunderbird promises intergenerational employment, Aboriginal and regional development prospects. Exports are planned through the ports of Derby and Broome, with construction of the mine expected to commence in 2018.
Appointments or Queries
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