The socio-economic benefits of mining
: a resource development case study from the Kimberley Region of Western Australia

  • Donald Roy Sutherland

    Student thesis: Coursework Masters - CDU


    This paper has employed descriptive analysis to address research questions on the level of the socio-economic contribution of a major regional mining development.

    A framework of indicators of socio-economic benefit was identified and applied to the study region and to a case study development project to enable significance observations of the level and type of regional benefits resulting from the project.

    It has been shown from this study that there are substantial socio-economic benefits flowing to the region and the state as a result of this resource project. In addition to the direct employment created, the operating company's activities have contributed around 1.5% of the GDP of the economy of the West Kimberley. It is estimated that this will rise to an estimated 8.5% in future. Direct and indirect economic effects include approximately $222 million in extra output and $22 million in additional income flows. The planned new mining and mill complex will yield an estimated $192 million of additional state economic output and increase GSP by around $105 million.
    Date of Award1997
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorSajid Anwar (Supervisor)

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