Greens plan to re­verse the sell-off of pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tay­lar Amonini

The WA Greens has an­nounced it will move to over­turn the sale of the Utah Point pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity af­ter the March State elec­tion in a bid to pre­serve jobs in Port Hed­land and State rev­enue.

Long­stand­ing MLC Robin Chap­ple called on La­bor to pub­licly sup­port the Greens’ po­si­tion, and for the Na­tional Party to re­verse its sup­port for pri­vati­sa­tion in the next term of gov­ern­ment.

“Utah Point is the only fa­cil­ity in Port Hed­land that is not owned and utilised by ei­ther BHP, FMG or Roy Hill; it al­lows small min­ers with­out rail to com­pete and pro­vides on­go­ing, in­def­i­nite rev­enue to the State of WA,” he said.

“Pri­vati­sa­tion of Utah Point is akin to sell­ing your house to pay off your mort­gage.”

Na­tion­als Bren­don Grylls stood by his com­ments made last year in sup­port of pri­vatis­ing the pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

“The rea­son we sup­ported it we wanted to cre­ate a rev­enue stream for as­set re­cy­cling and we think the as­set re­cy­cling part of Utah Point is to in­vest in Lums­den,” he said.

“We think the com­mon-user fa­cil­ity is re­ally im­por­tant to di­ver­sify the econ­omy.”

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