Have your say on our town’s future

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph
Social, environmental and economic issues prevalent in Port Hedland are set to come under the microscope of mining giant BHP.
Camera IconSocial, environmental and economic issues prevalent in Port Hedland are set to come under the microscope of mining giant BHP. Credit: The West Australian, Bill Hatto

Social, environmental and economic issues prevalent in Port Hedland are set to come under the microscope of mining giant BHP.

The resources company will next week introduce its Port Hedland Local Voices Pulse Survey, giving community members the chance to give their view on how the town could be improved.

Consisting of a questionnaire, the form, provided in conjunction wit the CSIRO, will be available to residents each month, and offer a $10 donation token for a chosen not-for-profit organisation.

A trial Anchor survey was completed recently, which showed the strongest indicator of trust in BHP was the creation of local jobs, and how fairly the benefits of mining are spread throughout the community. Other major factors included the management of environmental impact, like dust, noise and the impact of commercial activity on the water supply.

CSIRO senior research scientist Dr Kieran Moffat said the trial survey provided base results to work off for monthly questionnaires.

“The Anchor survey tells us more than what community members think and feel about a whole range of topics, it tells us why they think that way and helps shape the pathway to deeper trust and more productive relationships between community members and BHP,” he said.

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