Lumsden Point plans still divisive
With the WA State election looming, Pilbara candidates have taken the opportunity to discuss the future for Port Hedland’s Lumsden Point.
Last July the State Government came under fire as the WA Liberal/ Nationals alliance came to odds over the importance of developing the facility.
WA Nationals candidate Brendon Grylls continued to stand by his comments, saying it needed to be at the forefront of the conversation.
“WA Nationals supported the sale of Utah Point so that the proceeds could be invested back into Pilbara infrastructure, he said.
“Lumsden (Point) is absolutely critical to the Pilbara economy.”
While Liberal candidate Mark Alchin agreed on its construction, he disagreed with Mr Grylls believing it should not be up to the Government to finance the construction.
“I’m 100 per cent supportive of it and as a local member that’s a key building block for Port Hedland in the next four years and it will create jobs,” he said.
“We won’t build it in terms of funding it, but there are private companies that are willing to do it. The role of State Government and as a local member will be assisting with approvals.”