Kimberley Mineral Sands’ planned export route along Gubinge Road to Broome Port will undergo community consultation ahead of an official traffic impact assessment after a local community group aired their safety concerns over the past year. KMS’s Thunderbird Mine Project sits in between Broome and Derby and is expected to provide 300 jobs over its 36-year life once construction is completed later this year. The project which currently sits at 85 per cent completion, has come under fire over the past year from local residents who live along the proposed export route airing their safety concerns about the project. In response to the ongoing concerns, KMS has appointed WA company Creating Communities to conduct community consultation of the Gubinge Road route to the Port of Broome which will take place from June 6 to 10. Opponents of KMS’ chosen export route have welcomed the consultation period with No More Trucks spokesperson Jan Lewis urging as many Broome residents to fill out the survey as possible. “It’s good that there is a survey but it’s bad that the survey doesn’t ask people if they want the trucks or not,” she said. “It impacts on the whole town and the future of the town so we’ve tried to publicise it as much as possible.” While the project has been approved for up to 50-round truck movement a day from the mine site into Broome, KMS anticipates there will only be 26 round trips a day in stage one of operations which are expected to start early next year. KMS chief executive officer Stuart Pether said approvals to use road trains up to 53.5m on the designated heavy haulage route were already in place, but KMS was applying to use “performance-based standard” road trains because of their superior safety features and performance. “PBS 60m road trains have many more safety features than standard road trains, including geofencing, live-time tracking, improved braking capacity and audit requirements from Main Roads WA,” he said. To take part in the online survey or the focus groups taking place in Broome from June 6 to 10 visit the KMS website.