Wudinna District Council mayor Eleanor Scholz feels for affected landholders but is looking forward to a positive impact from Iron Road’s Central Eyre Iron Project.
The impact of the mine at Warramboo is expected to flow into surrounding towns, with Wudinna the location for a planned long-term employee village.
“For the general community and Eyre Peninsula there is general excitement and a feeling it was a long-time coming, however I do feel for local landowners who will be affected,” Ms Scholz said.
She said an influx of people into the community via the employee village would be a boost for Wudinna.
“We don’t know monetary figures but talking to businesses we got to the stage that we don’t see new people come into the district, so an increase of even 30 people would make a big difference to local business,” she said.
“There will be a great positive impact for the population and businesses providing services.
“There will be more jobs in construction, production and in the mines, plus services which come along with it like catering, cleaning, bus runs and the airport.”
Ms Scholz said the airport would be upgraded and there was the potential for regular air services to be introduced in Wudinna.
She said the creation of the railway to the port would also be a positive for other Wudinna industries.
“The real strength is in the connection of the railway to the port and the sharing of the port with other services, so that way grain could also be freighted,” she said.