Donald Mineral Sands (DMS) is committed to making a positive contribution to the people, community, economy and the environment in Minyip and surrounding area. The DMS project team look forward to having a meaningful, long term relationship with local residents and stakeholders.
The Donald Mineral Sands Project has the opportunity to be a unique contributor to the local community. As a long term, generational project, the company will have a longer-term reliance on the local community for its existence. In turn, it believes it has both an obligation and an opportunity to make a sustained and longer term contribution to the region.
Astron and DMS take their social licence to operate seriously. Without the support and confidence of the community and the ability to work harmoniously alongside key stakeholders and the wider communities in the region, it is recognised that mutual benefit and trust will not be built. As the Donald project progresses towards the operational stages (initial civil work, pre-construction, construction and then full operations) DMS will work to understand the needs of neighbours, community members, local associations, employees, contractors and suppliers, so as to ensure the project aligns with the expectations of these groups.
DMS will seek to be honest, forthcoming and transparent in all of its communication, and will use various avenues, from regular reporting and updates, one-to-one engagement, as well as the formation of community and environment working groups to provide effective means for two way conversation. The Board of Directors of Astron will receive regular updates and reports of any issues of concerns to the local community, to better understand the requirements of the local community.
The Donald project has the ability to provide socio-economic benefits to the surrounding area through increased employment, economic flow-on benefits and improved social infrastructure. Well paid, long-term, secure employment will assist in the development of new skills in the region. Economic activity, increased government expenditures, as well as DMS’s own investment, will all play a role in contributing to the provision of broader services in areas such as health, sport and recreation, cultural activities and social services. DMS is committed to working with local governments and the State Government, along with local associational groups, in partnership to ensure the local community can obtain desired and wide ranging benefits from the Donald project.
DMS is also committed to providing skills training and the development of job readiness programs; and is working with regional educational providers to ensure the provision of these opportunities. DMS intends to work in partnership with local skills and training providers to ensure skill and training gaps can be identified and addressed through targeted training opportunities.
DMS intends to establish a Community Reference Group (CRG) prior to the project’s commencement, along with an Environmental Review Committee (ERC), to ensure an open conversation with all stakeholders, as well as to work co-operatively to identify areas of needs and support to the community. DMS will continue to grow it support of local community events and services through its sponsorship program.
Astron and DMS believe a project of the longevity of Donald will have tangible economic benefits to the local and broader region. Employment opportunities; financial flow-on benefits created from a stable, secure and well-remunerated workforce; employment pathways and training and skills development; partnerships for economic and social benefits; as well as the potential contribution to the stabilisation or growth of the regional population, can be expected to provide a range of positive outcomes.
DMS will adopt a policy of seeking to employ local people as a priority; only relocating specialist skills when required. A local procurement policy, from catering services to trades specialists, will be adopted to ensure the maximum practicable investment in local people and local businesses.