Gold roy­al­ties among hot top­ics of

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - An­drew Bros­nan

Gold roy­al­ties, the clo­sure of re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and the evere­lu­sive Portlink pro­ject came to the fore on Sun­day night as key is­sues for the State Gov­ern­ment dur­ing re­gional Cab­i­net in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

At a sun­downer held at the Rydg- es Ho­tel, the public was af­forded a rare op­por­tu­nity to con­verse di­rectly with the Cab­i­net, with min­is­ters shar­ing the podium to field ques­tions from the crowd.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the Gov­ern­ment’s roy­alty re­view was im­me­di­ately put to Mines Min­is­ter Bill Marmion, who quickly moved to shoot down the pos­si­bil­ity of an im­mi­nent rise in gold roy­al­ties.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing the rate anal­y­sis re­port re­leased in March had been “use­ful”, Mr Marmion de­clared there would be no im­me­di­ate change to gold roy­al­ties, cit­ing the risk of spook­ing for­eign in­vestors as a ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis.

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