Group to consult on Iron Road project

IRON ROAD: Wudinna District Council's office manager Andrew Buckham in front of one of the potential locations for the Iron Road employee village at Wudinna.
IRON ROAD: Wudinna District Council's office manager Andrew Buckham in front of one of the potential locations for the Iron Road employee village at Wudinna.

A new community development group will aim to foster communication between various groups in relation to Iron Road’s Central Eyre Iron Project.

The Iron Road project was approved earlier this year subject to a number of conditions with the prospect of creating nearly 2000 jobs during construction and 700 jobs over the 25-year life of the mine.

Wudinna mayor Eleanor Scholz said the Central Eyre Iron Community Development Group would act as a “bridge for dialogue” on the Iron Road project.

She said it was about involving the community in the process.

“This step is being taken by council in preparation for the expected progress of the Central Eyre Iron Project development,” Ms Scholz said.

“While council does not control the approval and mining development process or progress, we do want to work towards seeking the best outcomes for our communities and the wider Eyre Peninsula.”

The aim of the community development group will be to provide a forum for communication and discussion between the Wudinna council, the local community and Iron Road in relation to the mining project.

It will also facilitate consultation on behalf of the council, the local community and Iron Road on the mining project and provide reports and feedback to the council and Iron Road received because of consultation within the local community.

Ms Scholz said the object of the community development group was to promote cooperation between stakeholders of the Iron Road project, including the council, the local community and Iron Road.

The group will facilitate and engage in community consultation to assist in meeting the consultation requirements of Iron Road and the council.

It will also ensure that reports and feedback arising from any community consultation are then provided to the relevant stakeholders of the Eyre Peninsula mining project.

Interested people are invited to make written submissions about the model to the council until Friday, November 3.

A panel of elected members will meet to receive any submissions, after which a report will be prepared by the council’s chief executive officer Alan McGuire including the submissions to be passed on to the panel and the council.

Full details are available on the Wudinna District Council website on the ‘CEIP Community Development Group’ page.

Chief executive officer Alan McGuire is also available by phone on 8680 2002 or via email at admin@wudinna.sa.gov.au to assist with inquiries.