Pluton Resources have negotiated a native title deal for its Irvine Island iron ore mine.
The agreement to open the mine includes skills training, employment, and job and business development.
While the native title agreement was reached in December last year, it has only now been ratified following a meeting with the traditional land owners in Broome.
Pluton’s managing director Tony Schoer labelled the agreement exciting, saying that the miner will “work with (traditional owners) the Mayala (people) to help build a sustainable economic future for Irvine Island”.
He went on to say that already “approximately half our exploration workers are Mayala”.
The Irvine Island project itself is part of the Kimberly Iron Ore region, and located near to the existing Mt Gibson iron ore mine on Koolan Island.
Earlier this month, Pluton completed an initial pre-feasibility study supporting the development of the project.
Last year the miner won an Australian Mining Prospect Award for Environmental Excellence for the development of a drilling pad, which allowed for exploration drilling to be carried out with out the rig damaging the ground.