Refinery an option for Kemerton
KEMERTON Industrial Park was flagged as one of three possible locations for a multi-million dollar refinery by Kidman Resources which will process lithium from the company’s Mt Holland lithium mine in the Goldfields.
Other possible locations include the Mungaru Industrial Estate west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Kwinana.
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said there had been talk about lithium processing in the region for some time but the council had not yet received any documentation or planning application.
“We have seen the lithium market coming into the spotlight as demand is growing,” Cr Jackson said.
“Kemerton Industrial Park is well located, it has the space and other companies located within the park which could possibly use the by-products.
“The creation of jobs through this industry is certainly a very attractive prospect but any application would have to pass environmental scrutiny.” Cr Jackson said zoning would also have to be considered but Kemerton was zoned to accommodate such industries.
South West MLC Colin Holt said the State Government’s regional development credentials were set to be “severely tested” as negotiations over the future location of the refinery began.
“This will prove a litmus test for Labor and demonstrate whether the Government’s commitment to creating jobs applies to regional people or just for city-based voters,” he said.
Mr Holt said the Government must step up and advocate for the project to be regionally based, as it had the “potential to create 400 jobs during construction and 380 full-time roles once operational”.
“Labor continues to tell us how they’re all about ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ but they are only interested in what happens within the Perth City limits,” Mr Holt said.
“Let’s hope the McGowan Government can look beyond the Perth metropolitan boundaries and deliver it to regional Western Australia.”