Greens plan to reverse the sell-off of processing facility
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.”