Traditional owners are given their say on copper-nickel project

The team behind a proposed $1.1 billion mine near the WA-Northern Territory-South Australian border has met more than 40 people across the Goldfields to discuss the West Musgrave copper-nickel project.   Last week OZ Minerals travelled to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Laverton and Leonora to meet Ngaanyatjarra people residing in the Goldfields to provide an opportunity for them to find out more information and raise any concerns.

The company said it had been working closely with the State Government and community stakeholders since 2016, with the traditional owners of the West Musgrave Project’s land an active part of the process.

OZ Minerals approvals manager Daniel Leinfelder said consultation with the Ngaanyatjarra people had been a core focus of the project that was in its final study phase.

“OZ Minerals’ priority has been on a consultation process that ensures the Ngaanyatjarra people are fully informed and have a clear understanding of the impacts and opportunities the proposed project would create,” he said. “The meetings held this week in the Goldfields are a demonstration of OZ Minerals’ commitment to a free, prior-informed consent consultation process and we look forward to continuing these as we move towards finalising the mining agreement.”

The project sits 100km east of Warburton, with a net-zero emissions target helping OZ Minerals win a tick from WA’s environmental regulator.