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Start of new era as mine reopens
Dambimangari Elder Donny Woolagoodja and Pluton managing director Tony Schoer.

A new era of mining production in the Kimberley began last week after Australian company Pluton Resources announced its takeover of the Cockatoo Island mine.

The reopening of the revitalised mine site and new ownership was announced at a special launch attended by Pluton representatives and the Dambimangari traditional owners.

Iron mining began in Cockatoo Island more than 60 years ago and is renowned for producing some of the world’s best quality iron ore.

Pluton managing director Tony Schoer said the launch was a very special occasion and the island’s mining assets had the potential to deliver substantial benefits to the company and traditional owners.

“It marks the start of our development as a mining operator and it allows us to pursue some of our most important goals as a member of this community,” he said.

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