Bauxite Resources (ASX:BAU) has established the Bauxite Mining Community Advisory Group to facilitate formal community discussions in relation to the Felicitas and Fortuna bauxite projects in Western Australia’s Darling Range region.
Fortuna is fully owned by the company while Felicitas is being developed in conjunction with Yankuang Resources Pty Ltd (70%) under Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures.
BAU recently completed a Scoping Study and is undertaking follow-up studies at Fortuna in relation to obtaining port access required for direct shipment of bauxite while the Felicitas is currently in feasibility stage.
Felicitas has a resource of approximately 230 million tonnes of bauxite while Fortuna has a resource of 40 million tonnes of bauxite.
Both projects offer significant benefits for the local community including local employment, opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.
Chief executive officer Peter Canterbury said the group’s formation was a positive initiative as BAU and BAJV relied on working with local communities to ensure sustainable outcomes, both during project design and later in operations.
“We are looking forward to working with the group so all parties are fully informed on the relevant aspects of the projects and the community has the opportunity to actively participate, ask questions and contribute in a meaningful way.
Bauxite Mining Community Advisory Group
The purpose of the Bauxite Mining Community Advisory Group is to facilitate formal community discussions, ensure a broad range of viewpoints are heard and enable community representatives to contribute to the Felicitas and Fortuna projects.
Leigh Hardingham has been appointed as the independent Chair to facilitate discussion and outcomes during meetings.
She has more than 30 years of experience managing social and economic development projects across the public and private sectors.
“A rigorous process has been undertaken to ensure a good cross section of community viewpoints are represented,” Hardingham said.
“The group’s formation is a positive initiative and allows BRL and BAJV to hear feedback that can be considered during the development of the mine.
“I believe the group are looking forward to coming together and being informed on the relevant aspects of the projects in development and into operations. It’s an opportunity to actively participate, ask questions and contribute in a meaningful way.”
Both the Felicitas and Fortuna projects will be subject to strict environmental and statutory regulations and both companies are committed to ensuring good outcomes.
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