The Kimberley has a range of strategic opportunities and high value investments that drive business activity in the region to enhance our economy, sustainability and support vibrant and liveable communities.
The Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AWEH) will be the largest power station on earth and will be spread across 6,500 square kilometres in the North West of Western Australia. The AWEH is one of the most exciting energy projects in the world, with the potential to address key energy, security and emissions reduction challenges facing Australia’s regional neighbours.
Boab Metals’ Sorby Hills silver-lead-zinc project is located 50km from the regional centre of Kununurra. The tenement hosts extensive lead and silver resources, which are key metals for a low-carbon future. The Sorby Hills project has the potential to provide significant job opportunities for the local community of Kununurra as well as the broader Kimberley.
The development of a new boating facility in Broome has long been a long-held priority consideration for the town’s community, with the Department of Transport proposing to construct a safe and accessible boating facility at the existing boat ramp site at Entrance Point.
The Kimberley Marine Support Base is set to service the region’s growing oil and gas, agriculture, and cargo industries, by building a superior, modern marine facility designed specifically for Broome’s unique and extreme tidal fluctuations. The facility will incorporate a floating wharf linked to a fixed causeway, allowing safe and efficient 24/7 operations regardless of tide depth.
The redevelopment of Cable Beach Foreshore could further enhance the reputation of one of Broome’s high-quality natural assets as a global drawcard. The $36.5 million project explores many open design components including a new promenade, an amphitheatre upgrade, and activation spaces. Other features include the renovation of the Broome Surf Lifesaving Club, upgrade of the Cable Beach car park, and the provision of new access options to the beach.
Cockatoo Island has a colourful history, having been both a hub of iron ore mining activity for 70 years and, for a short time, a playground for WA’s business and political elite with the high-end Cockatoo Island Resort. With Cockatoo Island Mining receiving approval to acquire the mining leases in 2021 and a group of local businesspeople reviving the resort, Cockatoo Island is again bustling
The Broome Cape Leveque Road project was jointly funded by the Australian Government contributing $52.53 million and the Western Australian Government contributing $13.13 million. The State Government is coordinating an all-of-government approach to maximise the social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal businesses and communities on the Dampier Peninsula, as well as mitigate the impacts of increased visitors to what is a culturally and environmentally sensitive area.
The Federal and State Governments have jointly funded a $51 million upgrade of Gordon Downs Road in Halls Creek. Main Roads and the Shire of Halls Creek are in partnership to deliver this project which commenced in 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2022. The road will provide improved, safer linkages to local communities, as well as the Northern Minerals Ltd Browns Range heavy rare earth minerals (dysprosium) deposit.
The East Kimberley Regional Airport (EKRA) will undergo a critical upgrade to increase the pavement strength on three taxiways and aprons to allow for greater ability to service larger jet aircraft, creating the opportunity for route development and expansion. Further stages are also planned to undertake lengthening and widening of the runway.
The proposed East Kimberley Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation is a response to the needs of Aboriginal people who travel to Kununurra to access a range of services or are visiting for business, cultural or family reasons. The $20 million facility is being funded by the State Government and plans are a step closer after a tender was released for its architectural and design work in February 2022.
A detailed and structured master plan has been prepared for an urban expansion in Halls Creek, which provides the statutory framework for managing land use and development within the Shire. As the town of Halls Creek grows and new areas are developed, it is critical that investment is made in infrastructure upgrades and expansion to support urban expansion and a growing population.
Horizon Power, along with the Shire of Broome, Kimberley Development Commission, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and other major stakeholders are developing a proposal to share the cost of extending the power supply to the Skuthorpe Horticultural precinct, situated about 23 kilometres east of Broome.
The State Government, through Horizon Power, will invest $21 million in Kimberley infrastructure projects focused on renewable energy technologies to kick-start the State’s economy as part of the WA Recovery Plan. This funding will enable Horizon Power to fast-track a number of its energy infrastructure projects which would improve power quality, reliability and services across the Kimberley, including in remote communities.
The Kimberley has some of the most disadvantaged children in Australia and school improvement and attendance is an on-going challenge. The Kimberley Schools Project (KSP) was established to intensify new and existing strategies to address low education outcomes in the Kimberley and underpin broader economic and social development in the region. Funding has been committed to extend the project between for a further five year period to 2027.
The proposed Kununurra cotton gin is central to the development of a sustainable cotton industry in the North. With a $32 million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to construct Stage One of a cotton gin, as well a $4 million State Government contribution, the Kununurra Cotton Gin is step closer to becoming a reality.
The development of the M2 Channel Supply Area involves the provision of the necessary infrastructure to allow for irrigation of approximately 50,000 hectares of black soil plains near the WA/NT border.
Agrimin’s Mackay Potash Project is forecast to be the world’s lowest cost producer of Sulphate of Potash (SoP). Agrimin plans to produce up to 426 000 tonnes per year of premium Sulphate of Potash over its 20-year life, at an estimated capital cost of $409 million. This project has the potential to greatly improve community and employment opportunities for Indigenous people and local communities.
Located 160km southeast of Halls Creek in northern Western Australia, the Browns Range Project is the flagship project of Australian mining company Northern Minerals. The project focuses on the extraction of of the heavy rare earth element ‘dysprosium’, which is used in the manufacture of magnets, electric motors and wind turbines.
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Curtin is located on the north coast of Western Australia, 35 kilometres to the southeast of Derby. A full refurbishment of existing facilities and infrastructure at the base is in planning stages.
The 1,035 km long Tanami Road links Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to Halls Creek in Western Australia. Both the Commonwealth and State Governments have made recent announcements regarding financial commitments to the sealing of this road that will facilitate major improvements to national freight networks, as well as improved access for community residents, resource companies and tourists.
Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) is a joint venture between Sheffield Resources Limited and Yansteel. Together they are developing the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project located approximately halfway between Derby and Broome. The site has one of the largest and highest-grade mineral sands deposits known.
The North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund is a $200 million initiative that aims to create pathways towards social and economic independence and wellbeing for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara and Kimberley. This project has funded the design and construction of new houses in Kununurra, Halls Creek and Wyndham. The program enables families to purchase the house they are renting, creating wealth generation and further reason for the care and upkeep of homes.
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