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ISSUE 4 - August 2018  
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Breaking News

The Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project has been granted environmental approval by the WA Government. Click here to read more.


Many milestones have been achieved at the Thunderbird Minerals Sand Project in recent months but one of our favourites was the opening of our Derby office by WA Premier Mark McGowan and Josie Farrer, Member for Kimberley. 

More than 80 members of the Derby community joined Mr McGowan, Mrs Farrer and Sheffield Resources Managing Director Bruce McFadzean to formally open the office, which is the first point of contact for local stakeholders and plays a pivotal role in supporting Thunderbird, located midway between Derby and Broome.

Sheffield continues to make great strides toward the development of the Project. Please read more about our activities in this newsletter and visit our website for more information about Sheffield Resources and the Thunderbird Project.  
Mrs Lucy Marshall AM (front left) with Mrs Josie Farrer (back left), the Premier and four of Mrs Marshall’s daughters and sons, Jane and Tina, Terry and Harold at the Derby office opening.
A warm Welcome to Country by Robert Watson, Chairman Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation at the Derby office opening. 

Thunderbird Project Status

The opening of our Derby office in July was a timely reminder of the progress that Sheffield is making on the Thunderbird Project and the local business and employment opportunities that are being created. 

As Premier McGowan said, “As the Thunderbird project continues to grow, Sheffield Resources will be able to further strengthen its ties to the Kimberley region through 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."

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Site Works

Broome-based CWD Builders-Developers has been contracted to construct the first stage of the Thunderbird Accommodation Village, providing accommodation and dry mess facilities for up to 56 people. The CWD contract will stimulate local employment and sub-contracting.

Local company McCorry Brown Earthmoving has undertaken the preparatory site works in preparation for construction of the Village.  The Thunderbird trainees are busy preparing the accommodation units, which are stored off site, in readiness for installation.

Sheffield recently signed a 20-year lease agreement with the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley that provides access to the Port of Derby and bulk handling facility. The agreement marks an important achievement for both Sheffield and the town of Derby, which is set to lead to employment and contract opportunities as Thunderbird moves into production and export.

Please click here to read more.

Sheffield has also signed a co-existence agreement with Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (WAC), the prescribed body corporate for the Nyikina Mangala native title holders, that secures road access to Thunderbird.

The Agreement ensures the Nyikina Mangala people will participate in Thunderbird’s development via throughput payments, employment, training and business opportunities.

Please click here to read more.

In May 2018, a National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) hearing reconsidered the previous good faith finding and a determination is expected in Q3 2018. Independent of the NNTT process, Sheffield has remained focused on seeking a mutually acceptable Native Title Agreement with Traditional Owners.

Global demand for mineral sands products from Thunderbird continues to strengthen. Sheffield recently signed an ilmenite offtake agreement based on a five-year minimum annual supply of 150,000 tonnes of LTR ilmenite, which represents half of the estimated total amount to be produced from Stage 1 of Thunderbird. 

The Agreement boosts Sheffield’s total forecast revenue from Thunderbird under binding agreement to more than 75% of Stage 1 production.

Please click here to read more.


Supporting local businesses

Thunderbird offers good prospects, and we are committed to providing local jobs, training and business opportunities to ensure benefits stay in the region.

We are turning to local businesses for goods and services including plumbing, electrical, catering, training, installation of water monitoring bores, cranage, consumables, accommodation and equipment. This is evident in the $700,000 that Sheffield has spent with 40 local suppliers in the last six months.

Engaging the community

We were thrilled to update the Derby community on the development of Thunderbird at the Wharf Café Derby in July. The event was a great opportunity to join forces with Jane Edwards, Program Manager at Girls Academy Derby District High School; and Kay Few, Holy Rosary School Derby Parents & Friends (P&F) President and fundraise for their causes. 
“Thank you for the opportunity to support Sheffield and Buru and for the exposure for Holy Rosary P&F. Our team of eager volunteers had a great night, working the floor to get us over $1,000 for our raffle. The P&F are very grateful and look forward to a long and rewarding community relationship,” said Kay Few, President Holy Rosary P&F

Reconciliation Week
Sheffield was proud to support the 2018 Street Banner Project and Walk for Reconciliation in Broome, which aimed to increase awareness of Aboriginal culture and history. We were also proud supporters of the 2018 Mowanjum Festival, which attracted thousands to watch, listen and learn about Aboriginal culture.
Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre
Mowanjum Festival 2018

Partnering with Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation

Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (WAC) is playing an important role in supporting Thunderbird by providing heritage monitors and assisting with roadworks and fence installations on site.
WAC heritage monitors with Sheffield’s safety advisor Geof Stagbouer (R) on site at Thunderbird

Careers Week

Honing their communication and presentation skills, Thunderbird trainees took centre stage when they shared their experiences at Careers Week Broome. Sheffield is also supporting Careers Week Derby in August.
Broome SHS Year 12 students Stephen Carson, John Merrey, Razac Bellou and Winston Nellie, with Sheffield’s Vanessa Hughes and Gordon Lawford, and Thunderbird Trainees Sunimah Councillor and Mark Taylor.
Health and Safety
We continue to develop our essential Safety Management System with various policies, standards, procedures and forms coming online.

Together with the Thunderbird Rangers and the Thunderbird Trainees, we continued the Fire Reduction Burns around key assets and nearby areas at Thunderbird, which will reduce the risk of wildfires in the coming dry season.
Greg Stagbouer (L) Manager Health and Safety, onsite with the some of the Thunderbird Rangers and Trainees

State Environmental Approval Granted

Thunderbird has been granted environmental approval by the State Government of Western Australia. Western Australian Minister for Environment, the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, issued a Ministerial Statement regarding EPA Report 1606, consenting to the Project's development and operation.

Following  the completion of the State environmental approval process, final steps to obtain Federal approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) from the Commonwealth Government Minister for the Environment are now underway. This process is expected to conclude during the current September quarter.

Sheffield Managing Director Bruce McFadzean said the Minister's Statement represents a significant milestone for Thunderbird and highlights the Project's low environmental impact.
"Minister Dawson's announcement of State environmental approval for Thunderbird takes us a step closer to the commencement of construction," Bruce said. 

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Rangers round-up

Thunderbird Rangers Roneill Skeen and Terry Marshall were mopping up after a controlled burn on-site when they rounded up a black headed python and relocated it to a safe area.
It’s all part of the job,” said Thunderbird Ranger Roneill Skeen, after a job well done!
Our People 

Sheffield’s local employment numbers are steady. Almost half of Sheffield’s 44 employees are based in the Kimberley while 65 per cent of these employees are Aboriginal. 

New Team Members

We welcome Cassandra McCumstie Office Administrator to the Thunderbird team based in the new Derby office. Cassandra is liaising with the community and providing administrative support for the Thunderbird site team. 
Cassandra McCumstie and Geoff Williams in Derby
Geoff Williams was recently appointed Registered Manager and Owner Works Manager for Thunderbird, leading the site and local Kimberley team. A mining engineer with over 25 years’ experience, Geoff has worked in the Kimberley and lives in Broome.

Kristy Prowse is our newly appointed Owner Works Planner. Kristy provides planning and scheduling expertise to ensure the Owners Works projects for Thunderbird are executed safely, on time and on budget. An engineer, Kristy has strong experience in minerals sands mining and lives in Broome.
Kristy Prowse, and Geoff Williams in Broome

A Talented Mentor

Damien Lawford, Thunderbird mentor and artist, carved the emu egg that was raffled to raise funds for the Broome CCI at a Thunderbird Project update event for the Broome business community. Congratulations to the winner, Brian Philp, known to all as Stumpy. 
News and Views
Channel 7 office opening, 5 July 2018
Channel 7 covered the opening of our Derby office, with a spotlight on jobs and the creation of a Drive-in Drive-out workforce for Thunderbird.

“They have committed to employing hundreds of local people and 40% Aboriginal employment, so it really does work for the Derby and Kimberley communities,” said the Premier.

Click here to watch the news report.

Minister Wyatt, ABC Kimberley, 18 May 2018
“I think it (Thunderbird) is one that has broad support including from some Traditional Owners and I think it’s something that I’m hoping gets up and is a successful project because I think not just Traditional Owners but more broadly this will be a very good opportunity for the West Kimberley.” 

Robert Watson, Chairman WAC, at the opening of the Derby office, 4 July 2018
“For our community of Derby, we like to see growth, so with Sheffield coming to town it’s going to make a difference. So it’s exciting times for all of us in this area. I can also say that Sheffield has been one of the few mining companies that have been working collaboratively with us over the last few years, and we look to continue that relationship going forward, and we need to continue that good work going forward.”
Josie Farrer, at the opening of the Derby office, 4 July 2018
“And I think this is one of our very finest opportunities with Sheffield, opening up part of the mining that is going to happen here in Derby, which will give a lot of our young people and future generations the key to grow up and compete in this world of economics.”
Premier, at the opening of the Derby office, 4 July 2018
“I would like to particularly acknowledge the work done by Bruce (McFadzean), Robert (Watson) and the local Aboriginal community to establish the relationships for the project to go ahead successfully and to potentially create jobs and opportunities for local people for many decades to come. It is a shining example of a company working with a community to obtain good positive and lasting relationships for many years to come, and in particular working with people that have lived here for many centuries or millennia,” said the Premier.
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.
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