Work is about to start on a multimillion dollars regional distribution centre(RDC) of construction materials at Rooty Hill- seven years after it was proposed.
Thanks to Holcim Australia Pty Ltd’s reaching agreement with Burbaga Aboriginal Corporation representing Darug interests in the land adjoining Nurragingy Reserve.
A spokeswoman said it would sign a Memorandum of Understanding document with Burbaga officials at the Rooty Hill site on November 14.
Holcim bought the company previously known as Readymix in 2009 after its proposed project landed at NSW Land and Environment Court following community concerns in 2006.
It won approval from NSW Department of Planning in 2011 following some modifications to the original plan.
The centre at Kellogg Road will be a receival, blending and distribution centre for construction materials with a rail siding where materials from quarries will be unloaded from trains, a covered conveyor that will transport the materials from the trains onto the site and enclosed storage bins.
The spokeswoman said it was looking forward to working with the Burbaga Aboriginal Corporation on land rehabilitation projects and explore other general employment opportunities across greater western Sydney.
‘‘Holcim Australia will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)with the Burbaga as the foundation to work together in Greater Western Sydney,’’ she said.
‘‘It will provide a base to explore future commercial arrangements including support with land rehabilitation and other general employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the region.’’
Burbaga secretary Sandra Lee said a nine-person team led by chairman Ed Halvorson met with Holcim executive Vanessa MacDonald for a meeting and lunch in Sydney last Friday.
She said besides the creation of 200 jobs during construction and 100 when commissioned, the corporation would get funding to regenerate the buffer area to turn it into a park with facilities for a bushtucker garden and an educational centre.
‘‘The Burbaga Aboriginal Corporation wants to secure business opportunities that will benefit the Darug community by providing capacity building, pre-employment training as well as employment for the disabled,’’ she said.