Members of our community include residents of the Upper Gascoyne Region, local businesses, the TMWTJ People and those with interests in the area in which we will operate. During our exploration and feasibility phases, Hastings has engaged several local contractors to support its activities. Hastings will continue to work towards adding value through engaging our local community so that they may benefit from the Project development and will be our first choice of contractors, where possible.
The Thin-Mah Warianga, Tharrikari, Jiwarli People registered as the native title holder (August 2017) of the land on which the Yangibana Rare Earths Project occurs. Hastings has historically had a positive relationship with the TMWTJ People. Despite having obtained all its Mining Leases, Hastings has voluntarily negotiated a Native Title Agreement with the TMWTJ People. All areas planned to be mined and most infrastructure areas have undergone heritage surveys. No significant cultural heritage sites have been discovered to-date that cannot be avoided.
Hastings is currently completing studies to inform the Environmental Impact Assessment that is being assessed at a Public Environmental Review (PER) level of assessment by the:
- Environmental Protection Authority under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1987 (Western Australia); and
- Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
The PER documentation will be available for review.