Yagahong Alliance, a joint venture between Central Earthmoving and the Yugunga-Nya People, has been awarded an $8.2 million contract for the development of the Monty copper-gold mine in Western Australia.
The Monty prospect is a joint venture between Sandfire Resources (70 per cent) and Talisman Mining (30 per cent).
According to a Sandfire statement, the earthmoving and civil contract involves the development of a 14km long haul road from Monty to the DeGrussa copper-gold mine, local access roads, stockpile and laydown area pads, the cutting of a box-cut for underground access and additional infrastructure works and drainage.
Sandfire managing director Karl Simich said the award of the first major contract for the Monty project was a “great opportunity to extend the strong working relationship” between the company and the Yugunga-Nya People through the Yagahong Alliance.
“We are glad to be able to continue to support the alliance between Centrals and Yugunga-Nya and in the process continue our Aboriginal engagement across the mining operation while also generating employment and opportunities for communities in the Midwest region,” Simich said.
“We look forward to commencing the development of what will be the first new copper mine in the Bryah Basin since the development of DeGrussa six years ago.”
Yagahong already provides several site-based earthmoving and contracting services for Sandfire under a contract it secured in July 2015.
Ron Shay, Yagahong director, said the awarding of the contract was a big thing for the Yugunga-Nya People, “especially as it will provide training and employment opportunities for our mob and it enables the Yagahong business to keep growing strongly.”