Progress is happening on a proposed processing plant in Mullewa that is estimated to create hundreds of jobs for the Mid West. The Australian Vanadium Limited processing plant is set to be built in Tenindewa, creating jobs for not only those employed there, but during the ongoing construction as well. The plant was not permitted under the current zoning, so during last week’s council meeting, a vote was carried 9-1 to approve the local planning scheme amendment, granting additional industry use on the Tenindewa land. During the meeting, Cr Natasha Colliver spoke in favour of planning scheme, saying she “hope(d) it will have good economic and community benefit to Mullewa”. Cr Michael Librizzi said: “We should be excited with the company interested in investing in the region.” After the meeting, Mayor Shane Van Styn said it would valuable for Geraldton as well as Mullewa. “This project could stimulate extensive economic growth in the Mid West through direct and indirect jobs including opportunities for regional and national suppliers,” he said. “Not only is the project a boost for the region, but it presents a massive opportunity for Australia to develop global skills and expertise in vanadium and its processing, all here in the Mid West.” The plant will produce a 99 per cent pure vanadium product and a valuable iron-titanium product that will be exported overseas through the Geraldton port. A development planning application will be progressed through the Western Australian Planning Commission.