Our Community

Authentic relationships and the realisation of sustainable social value drive our view of community relations.

Central to the Kimberley regional strategy is our social licence to operate. Built over the past decade and based on formal and informal community relations practices.

Sheffield's strategy focuses on:

  • Aboriginal engagement and advancement
  • Local content employment and workforce on a drive-in and drive-out basis (as opposed to fly-in, fly-out)
  • Low environmental and Aboriginal Heritage impact
  • Regional economic opportunities and local business development

Community engagement practices are built on strong stakeholder, social and community support for Thunderbird and ensures a positive foundation for project development, land access, construction and project operation.

Strongly supported by State and Federal Government, Thunderbird has a 37-year mine life which will see opportunity flow within the Kimberley region for future generations.


Sheffield Resources believes that building strong relationships with local and regional communities, Traditional Owners and government are key to successfully creating a new mineral sands province in Western Australia, which can deliver sustainable economic benefits.

Our approach to working with local communities is to be transparent and inclusive. This includes providing community forums and briefings, site visits, consultation with Traditional Owners and consultation across various levels of government. Sheffield is proud of its community engagement in Derby and Broome, which has provided a solid foundation as we work towards mutually beneficial outcomes.

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