Hawsons Iron is committed to being supportive of the communities in which it operates, respectful of local cultures and environmentally responsible. We aim to integrate the highest sustainable development practices in all areas of our work.
Hawsons Iron understands that our long-term success is dependent on the strength of the role we play in minimising our impacts and enhancing the wellbeing of the communities and regions that we are part of.
There are many stakeholder groups across our local communities and each has its own interests, priorities and needs. Our approach is to be a good and considerate neighbour, taking the time to understand what’s important to these communities and respond accordingly.
Communities should benefit as much as possible from our presence and we are focused on engaging with, and investing in, communities and maximising their involvement in our activities.
We are taking steps to harness regional capacity, employing local people where they have the skills and capability and to buying goods and services from local businesses wherever possible.
Hawsons works collaboratively with landholders as guests on their land, to manage the beneficial coexistence of our interests.
We are committed to meaningful community consultation to build trust by allowing people to interact and provide input on matters that affect them.
The Company aims to learn about and support the aspirations and goals of stakeholders, and works to minimise and mitigate any adverse impacts, and respect cultural connections, to the land.
Communicating openly and honestly, acting respectfully and incorporating feedback into the decision-making processes are key to our engagement approach.
Our guiding principles for engaging with landholders are to be proactive, respectful, factual, open, and honest in communications, inclusive, responsive and sensitive to needs and to honour commitments made.
NEW SOUTH WALES
In New South Wales where our mine is planned, the State Government owns the mineral resources. However, the land is owned by private landholders, is part of their livelihood and their connection to the land may span generations.
Prior to accessing private property, Hawsons must obtain authority from the State Government. This authority enables us to carry out certain activities within a designated area, subject to strict conditions and agreements.
In return, we will pay the State Government royalties – a percentage of the value of the mineral resource that we produce. Those royalties are often returned to the community, in the form of facilities and services like hospitals, schools and roads.
In addition, Hawsons must negotiate access with landholders and pay compensation for the impact of our activities.
Information about the responsibilities and rights of landholders and explorers under the Mining Act 1992 can be found on the New South Wales Government website.
We have prepared a proposed route for our slurry pipeline infrastructure, based on a desktop analysis of the route.
Hawsons is now conducting preliminary field studies that will help identify whether this route corridor for the proposed underground slurry pipeline is viable on ground.
Access to private land may be required to conduct these studies, which include environmental, geotechnical and cultural heritage surveys.
All necessary permits and approvals, including landholder consent, will be secured prior to commencement of any activities on public or private land.
For more information, please see the fact sheets below.
The Landowner Information Service in South Australia can provide further information about land access and help landholders make informed decisions.