Date: 2007 - Ongoing

Location: Pilbara

ACHM have undertaken all of ethnographic and archaeological surveys for the Banjima people throughout the Rio Tinto Gudai-Darri project area since 2007.  

Just under one thousand Aboriginal sites have been identified within the project area to date, including human remains and rare wooden artefacts. Evidence of the human occupation of this part of the Hamersley Range extends well beyond 30,000 years. 

Archaeological surveys and excavations have been undertaken within the Banjima  Native Title Determined area to facilitate the development of:

  • Hundreds of kilometres of exploration drilling tracks, pads and sumps:
  • A stockyard with associated stackers and reclaimer; 
  • A Train load-out facility; 
  • A 220kV transmission line connecting to the Yandicoogina transmission line; 
  • A 220/33kV switchyard; 
  • A solar energy farm; 
  • Site control systems and communications, fire detection and security; 
  • A bore field for water supply; 
  • Non-process infrastructure (administration buildings, workshops, warehouse, explosive storage facility, vehicle wash and fuelling facilities); 
  • A new airport; 
  • Bridges;
  • Access roads; 
  • Accommodation village and temporary construction camps; 
  • 170km of new railway including rail sidings and junctions; 
  • Level crossings; 
  • Rail maintenance track; radio base stations and fibre optic cabling; 
  • Signalling, communications and asset protection system upgrades; and 
  • Construction facilities such as laydown areas, haul roads, borrow pits, site offices and construction and potable water sources.