• Hannah Phillips

Iron Road Mine VS the Right to Farm

A $4.5 billion iron ore mine will be developed on South Australia's central Eyre Peninsula, following state government approval last week.

The approval, which came with 127 conditions attached for developers Iron Road, will bring big changes for the region including the promise of up to 2,000 new jobs.

Member for Flinders, Peter Treloar spoke to Flow FM about the details of the project.

Iron Road Stakeholder Engagement Principal Advisor, Tim Scholz told Flow FM about the specifics of the infrastructure.

Image - A new freight corridor and port would be developed as part of the mine project. Source - the Advertiser.

The proposed port at Cape Hardy will also be used by Primary Producers on the Eyre Peninsula to export grain, with Mr Scholz explaining the situation.

But not all communities on the central Eyre Peninsula would reap the benefits.

The small town of Warramboo, located in the heart of the Australian wheat belt has been home to farming families for up to five generations.

However, their livelihood and right to farm is coming under threat, as Iron Road intend to develop the new mine in the heart of the Warramboo community, forcing families off their land.

Jared Sampson, a local farmer whose family's land borders the site earmarked for the mine, spoke to Flow FM about what the development will mean for locals.

While Mr Scholz acknowledged the issue of people's land being taken away and the right to farm, he said it was important to look at the broader benefits for the wider Eyre Peninsula.

Mr Sampson understands the need for greater economic activity within SA, but believes it shouldn't come at the expense of the agricultural industry.

Compensation will be provided to farmers being asked to vacate their land for the mine, with Iron Road's Mr Scholz explaining the process.

From a local perspective, Mr Sampson questioned the ethics of Iron Road's compensation negotiations, bringing into discussion the Mining Act Review.

According to their website, Iron Road still require an industry partner for the project, but already have existing partnerships with China Railway Group Limited (CREC) and Emerald Grain.

"The next stages of Iron Road’s development journey will include further engagement with landowners and stakeholders, preparing secondary approval applications, reaching a Final Investment Decision with CREC and ultimately achieving financial close," the home page reads.

In the meantime, Mr Sampson is seeking greater discussion with politicians, Iron Road and the wider community - he extends the following invitation:

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