All three Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia employ a residential workforce - that is, our employees live in towns near to the operations. This makes Dampier Salt, and our people, an important part of these communities.
Our Dampier and Port Hedland operations are located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The region is renowned for its wealth of natural resources and strong contribution to the Australia economy through the mining, processing and exporting of mineral resources.
The Pilbara region covers an area of around 500,000 km². It has a population of just under 40,000 people. Most Pilbara residents live in the region's towns, which include Port Hedland, Karratha, Dampier, Wickham, Tom Price and Newman. A substantial number of people also work in the region on a fly-in/fly-out basis.
The Lake MacLeod operation is located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. The Gascoyne has an area of around 140,000 km². It has a population of just over 10,000 people, mostly living in the main towns of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Denham and Coral Bay.
Tourism is a major industry in the Gascoyne due in part to the marine rich Ningaloo Reef and the Shark Bay World Heritage Site. The region's main land use is pastoral with some mining including extraction of salt.
Port Hedland and its neighbouring town of South Hedland are immediately adjacent to the Dampier Salt Port Hedland operation. Port Hedland has a population of approximately 16,000 people. Port Hedland is host to Australia's highest tonnage port supporting all major industry in the region.
Dampier, the town closest to our Dampier salt operation, has a small coastal community of around 1,400 people and has one of the largest industrial ports in Western Australia. Dampier port services oil and gas, iron ore and salt industries. Karratha is also situated within close proximity to the Dampier operation. With a population of over 13,000, Karratha has grown rapidly since the 1960s to support the iron ore and oil & gas industries.
Carnarvon is the nearest town to the Lake MacLeod operation - a distance away of 75 kms. Canarvon has a population of around 5,000 people. Main industries for Carnarvon include agriculture, fishing, tourism and Dampier Salt's mining of salt.