Kimberley Mineral Sands Community Newsletter March 2024

Milestone reached as first bulk exports leave Broome

Zircon being loaded onto the bulk carrier at the Port of Broome

We’re celebrating another project milestone this week as the first shipment set sail from the Port of Broome with around 10,000 tonnes of zircon from Thunderbird onboard. The ship is bound for our global offtake partners in Asia and is the first of our regular bulk exports which will continue over the life of the mine.

Not only is it a huge moment in Thunderbird’s history and represents our most significant milestone to date, it’s also noteworthy for the Kimberley Port Authority as it’s the first bulk product to be exported from the Port of Broome.

KMS Chief Operating Officer Michael Rose said the landmark moment marked a significant achievement for Thunderbird and was the culmination of many years of hard work, planning and investment.

“Thanks to the support of our joint venture partners, the local community, traditional owners, government and investors, we are celebrating the inaugural export of bulk mineral sands from Broome.

Michael said the company was looking forward to further contributing to the local and West Australian economy for many years to come, cementing Kimberley Mineral Sands’ position as a key player in the global mineral sands market.

Women’s Leadership Forum

The Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted the 2024 Women’s Leadership Forum last week which we were proud to support.

Against a background of bright pink in the Sam Male Room at Cable Beach Club, attendees were inspired by some incredible speakers including local leaders as well as inspirational women who shared their stories of survival, resilience and confidence.

Our own Natalie Green and Tegan Gasior attended the forum and came away feeling inspired and in awe of the speakers. Nat said:

“What a celebration of women this event is. They were all inspirational women who showed confidence, brilliance and wisdom. The resilience and courage in all of these women was remarkable. Some of the most unimaginable crimes that happened to them and the dire circumstances they were in. I was truly amazed they survived, but to live on after what they had endured is empowering for all women.”

Faces of Thunderbird

Meet Tanya! Tanya is our Broome Business Support Administrator, and we couldn’t live without her!

She relocated from Bunbury with her husband and three boys to work at KMS and live in the beautiful Kimberley so their children could get to know their family and where they come from. She loves fishing, camping and anything outdoors or by the water.

Tanya had heard about KMS’ culture and values and thought it sounded like a great place to work – she says she’s not disappointed! The things Tanya likes best about working here are the people, the friendships she’s made and like-minded people collaborating to achieve the same goal.

If you’re visiting or calling the Broome office, Tanya will be the first person to greet you at reception or answer the phone. She’s one of the most organised people we’ve ever met, amongst other things she has the unenviable task of organising everyone’s uniforms and can often be found behind a pile of PPE!

Recruitment Update

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Geology Technician (casual) - Closing Sunday 31 March

Medical Emergency Services Officer - Closing Sunday 7 April

Systems Accountant - Closing Sunday 7 April

Manager, Process Operations - Sunday 21 April

Supervisor, Mechanical - Sunday 21 April

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

For a full list of positions available at Thunderbird, including with our contractors, please visit Seek.

Workforce Numbers

February 2024

The figures below represent staff numbers for KMS and our primary contractors at Thunderbird.

Local and Aboriginal Business Spend

February 2024

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