Developer and Burbaga unite

THE developer of the multimillion-dollar regional concrete distribution centre at Rooty Hill last week signed an agreement to work closely with the Burbaga Aboriginal Corporation.

It came about seven years after the controversial development was first proposed.

Holcim Australia executive general manager of aggregates Bruce Nicholson said the memorandum of understanding would support commercial arrangements including land rehabilitation and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the region.

The signing was held on reserve land next to the site of Holcim's regional distribution centre, which is now under construction and due to be commissioned in early 2015.

The event included a special welcome by director and secretary of the Burbaga board and Dharug elder Aunty Sandra Lee, as well as a smoking ceremony and joint symbolic hand-painting to represent the partnership.

Holcim NSW general manager for aggregates Steve Mossie said the project was a significant investment and once completed would be its largest site in the region.

"It will provide over 200 jobs during construction, over 100 jobs on commissioning and will continue to grow both indirect and direct employment opportunities over the years," he said.

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