Shires Back Roads for Rare Earths

Published on Tuesday, 8 November 2022 at 8:46:00 AM

The Shires of Ashburton, Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction back development of Hastings Technology Metals Yangibana Rare Earths Project and Onslow Hydrometallurgical Plant in execution of a Road User Agreement.

The three Shires, spanning the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions, are hosting the Yangibana and Onslow projects for Hastings Technology Metals, Australia’s next rare earths producer.

Hastings will use a dedicated road nominated by all four parties for the regular transport of freight and product in servicing the construction and operation of the mining operation. 

At Yangibana in the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, open pit mining and production of Rare Earths concentrate will be undertaken and trucked to Onslow.

Downstream, at the Onslow Plant in the Pilbara, Mixed Rare Earths Carbonate will be produced rich in NdPr (neodymium & praseodymium) and will be exported to global customers.

The additional volume of traffic that will result from Hastings’ use of local roads will incur expenses in upgrading, repairing, and maintaining the roads.

The Agreements with the Shires detail the requirements for Hastings’ road access, road upgrades and road maintenance to the required standards and satisfaction of each the regional Shires.

“The Shire of Carnarvon is very pleased to be working collaboratively with neighbouring Shires and with Hastings” said Shire of Carnarvon President Eddie Smith.

“We are confident that our support for this project will bring economic and community outcomes to the region.”

Gascoyne Shire President Dom Hammarquist said the benefits of the Yangibana Project will be profound for residents, the community, and the Shire.

“We are excited to be working with Hastings Technology Metals. We see employment opportunities, service provision opportunities and growth within our Shire.”

Shire of Ashburton President Kerry White acknowledged the importance of the project to the Shire and region.

“We are pleased to be working with Hastings Technology Metals and welcome continued economic development and investment into Onslow,” said Councillor White.

“The road user agreement demonstrates our commitment to exploring options that diversify our economy but also our commitment to working collaboratively with industry and our neighbouring Local Government Authorities.”


For More Information:

Hastings Technology Metals   Kim Pervan: 0407 083 832

Shire of Ashburton                     Alison Lennon: 08 9188 4402, 0409 314 140

Shire of Upper Gascoyne          John McCleary: 08 9943 0988, 0417 107 446

Shire of Carnarvon                      Andrea Selvey: 08 9941 0000, 0418 959 725

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