The announcement by Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) stating that the company are considering constructing a processing plant on the outskirts of Geraldton is welcomed by Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney.
“It’s great that Geraldton has the necessary infrastructure to support such commercial operations to ensure the industry can continue to grow and develop whilst delivering a significant boost to the State and local economy,” he said.
Although there are no changes to the anticipated workforce requirements, according to the Pre-Feasibility Study released last year, the total manpower requirement for the project is expected to be 500 during construction and 240 during operations.
“Having these jobs on the ground in Geraldton will not only benefit the local economy and Geraldton residents in terms of employment opportunities, but it will also reduce costs for AVL in construction and transportation.
“The initial project life is 17 years which will ensure local jobs for local people for a few years to come, encouraging those in the resource industry to stay in Geraldton.
“AVL have always advocated their commitment to regionally based jobs and I encourage them to take full advantage of what Geraldton and its residents have to offer.
“I’m committed to regional development and jobs, and I’ll do whatever I can to help Australian Vanadium get going.”