Gold royalties among hot topics of
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.