Kimberley Mineral Sands Community Newsletter June 2024

KMS staff join Kullarri NAIDOC Walk

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme of Keep the Fire Burning - Blak, Loud and Proud celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

In Broome, a two week long NAIDOC festival kicked off last Friday with the annual Kullarri NAIDOC walk. It was great to see hundreds of people from different organisations, schools and agencies taking part, including staff from our Broome office, many of whom were participating in their first NAIDOC walk.

Click here for the full list of NAIDOC events happening in Broome over the next week.

Faces of Thunderbird

Johari Bin Demin – Community Advisor

Johari was born and raised in Broome and has a wife, three children and three grandchildren. He has Jaru and Jabbir Jabbir heritage from his mother’s side and his father is Malaysian and came to Broome to work on the pearl luggers in the 1950's.

Johari has worked across many different industries and workplaces over the past 40 years, and this is his second stint in the mining industry. His last job prior to KMS was a senior role in Aboriginal Health at WA Country Health Services.

At KMS, Johari is one of our Community Advisors and focusses on working with Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal stakeholders, as well as providing support to our Aboriginal workforce and particularly those staff who are new to the industry and living on a mine site, helping create a culturally safe work environment.

“KMS appealed to me because it is new, exciting and promising for local Aboriginal people’s future. Think there is a wealth of opportunities for our people and it is so close to home…as the project is new it gives me the opportunity to help to contribute towards establishing a good working/living culture for all Thunderbird employees and their families on and off site.”

Johari thinks the four day week is brilliant and really appealing given he’s been in the workforce for 40 years!

KMS Rangers learn new skills at Kimberley Ranger Forum

Three KMS Cultural Heritage Rangers recently attended the 2024 Kimberley Ranger Forum held on Nyul Nyul Country at Gnylmarung Campground where they were given the opportunity to learn vital new skills on Country.

Ranger Rona Charles said the activities the rangers participated in included:

  • Caring for freshwater places – learning tools that could help monitor and care for freshwater places.
  • Bush ready rigs - a hands-on workshop designed to equip rangers with the skills to keep their trailers in top condition in remote areas.
  • Keep ‘em alive in the bush – First Aid training which included realistic scenes with fake blood and cracked bones.
  • Two-way science – workshopping the connection between traditional ecological knowledge and modern science. Mainly exploring how to engage with local schools and communities to enhance on country learning.
  • Weed Wackers & Critter Crunchies – strategies for managing feral animals and troublesome weeds.
The rangers came away from the forum having learnt new skills and connected with fellow rangers from different groups from across the Kimberley."

Derby Boab Festival kicks off tomorrow

We’re proud to support the Derby Boab Festival, which is now in its 64th year and runs annually during the school holidays as a celebration of the West Kimberley lifestyle.

The festival kicks off tomorrow, Friday 28 June with the Float Parade which will leaves from Derby Civic Centre and finishes at the Town Oval where a huge crowd will enjoy a fabulous array of food, arts, crafts and information stalls at the Mardi Gras. Plus there will be thrilling rides and entertainment from local performers, dancers and live musicians, rounded out with a guest performance from none other than Troy Cassar-Daley!

The festival continues throughout July with the Bush Poets Breakfast, Mud Crab Races, the Kimberley Art and Photographic Awards, night markets and the Mowanjum Festival to name but a few.

The full events calendar can be found at – there’s something for everyone!

Entry Level Positions Available

Our Village Contractor (ISS Facility Services Australia and New Zealand) is looking for entry-level and experienced staff to work on a 2/1 roster at Thunderbird.

  • Housekeeping and Village Cleaning Attendants
  • Kitchen Hands, Dining Room and Catering Attendants
  • Retail and Tavern Utilities
  • All Rounder Utilities
  • Qualified Chefs

These positions include bus transport from Broome and Derby to and from Thunderbird to suit your roster. This is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door in the mining industry - apply online.

Applications are currently open for the following positions with KMS:

  • Mine Surveyor – site-based 8/6 roster - closing Friday 28 June
  • Boilermaker – site-based 8/6 roster - closing Thursday 4 July
  • Head of Finance – Perth or Broome based, 4-day working week - closing Thursday 11 July

Please apply via the online links. If you have any queries, please contact our People team via

Workforce Numbers & Local and Aboriginal Business Spend

May 2024

The figures below show our total workforce statistics (all KMS employees, plus staff from our six key business partners), as well as our local and Aboriginal business spend for the month ended May 2024.