Social impact assessment

Major infrastructure projects that alter the landscape and interact with communities can have both positive and negative impacts. Identifying, assessing and managing those impacts forms a vital component of the social licence to operate.

The West Pilbara Infrastructure Project (WPIP) is the proposed construction of world-class rail and port infrastructure for a new iron ore province in the Pilbara. Aurizon is working with joint venture partners Baosteel Resources, American Metals and Coal International (AMCI) and POSCO.

The first stage of the proposed project would include the development of a new deep-water port at Anketell Point and a 243 kilometre railway route to support a minimum of 40 million tonnes per annum throughput from eight mining areas.

Storybox has worked with the WPIP project team since 2014 on the progressive development of a three-stage socio-economic impact and opportunity assessment of the port and rail infrastructure.

To date, this work has included the completion of a baseline study, internal and external engagement, considerable research and the identification of project impact factors and associated risks and opportunities.

Aurizon: socio-economic impact and opportunity assessment
Baseline study, research, impact + social risk assessment, engagement .
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Social impact assessment