Re­fin­ery an op­tion for Ke­mer­ton

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Emily Ace and Han­nelore Hep­burn

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.”

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