Call to process lithium here

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The State Gov­ern­ment needs to lay down the ground­work now to en­able down­stream pro­cess­ing from lithium mining in or­der to avoid miss­ing the boat again, ac­cord­ing to the Pil­bara’s Greens can­di­date.

In lament­ing the lack of val­ueadded in­dus­try as­so­ci­ated with the Pil­bara’s iron ore and nat­u­ral gas booms, Pil­bara Greens can­di­date Brent McKenna said the State needed to start think­ing now about how it would ben­e­fit from lithium mining.

“We should be think­ing about us­ing our lithium re­sources to make bat­ter­ies lo­cally,” he said. “That’s a rel­a­tively long-term am­bi­tion but with the open­ing of a gi­gafac­tory in the US we can ac­tu­ally see that those things can hap­pen. This re­gion is about to be­come a ma­jor source for lithium, so we can start mak­ing fac­to­ries here but we have to start plan­ning now.”

State Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Bill Marmion did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

WA Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett has pre­vi­ously talked up the Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to at­tract down­stream pro­cess­ing.

Greens Mem­ber for Mining and Pas­toral Robin Chap­ple said ben­e­fi­ci­at­ing lithium in the Pil­bara would be eco­nom­i­cally vi­able.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr.

Greens Mem­ber for Mining and Pas­toral Robin Chap­ple and Pil­bara can­di­date Brent McKenna in Kar­ratha.

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