Lums­den Point plans still di­vi­sive

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tay­lar Amonini

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.”

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