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Media Release

Senator Nick Minchin

Minister for Industry, Science and Resources

 

15 September 1999

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Central Pilbara Infrastructure Planning Study Findings Unveiled

 

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, h as endorsed the findings of a study of the iron ore resources and industry in the Central Pilbara region in Western Australia.

“The Infrastructure Planning Study provides an assessment of the iron ore resources of the region along with an examination of trends in the iron ore industry and the implications for infrastructure and services expansion”, said Senator Minchin.

“The importance of strategic road and rail infrastructure corridors for future iron ore projects in the region was one of the key findings of the study.

“It also recommended the construction of a new road between Karratha and Tom Price and assessed suitable routes and standards for other road construction together with options for funding”.

“With an eye on the future, the study encourages other uses for existing infrastructure to strengthen the local economy by diversifying into non-mining commercial activities, such as aquaculture, eco-tourism, irrigated agriculture and development of aviation training facilities.

“Water access and management is a major issue in the planning of new and expanded projects both in the Central Pilbara and many other regions around Australia.

“For this reason the study has recommended as part of its environmental strategy, the consolidation of information on regional groundwater resources”, Senator Minchin said.

The study is a cooperative initiative between the Federal and State Governments and the mining industry, under the Federal Government’s Regional Minerals Program.

A similar study on the Mid West (Geraldton hinterland) region of WA is also nearing completion.

Transport linkages, development of new port and industrial facilities at Oakajee and investigation of Geraldton’s potential as a regional service centre are key issues being addressed by this study.

A study on the Southern Cross-Forrestania region in the south western corner of Western Australia will commence shortly.

 

 

Contacts:

Kate Harvey, Senator Minchin’s Office; (08) 8237 7190

Don Smale, Department of Industry, Science and Resources; (02) 6213 7184

 

 

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