Politi­cians tour re­gion’s ma­jor re­source projects

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A group of 14 Fed­eral and State politi­cians toured the Pil­bara’s ma­jor re­source projects last week to gain in­sights into the WA min­ing, oil and gas in­dus­try that are likely to in­form their po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions.

The Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy and Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia co-hosted a three-day tour last week that took two sen­a­tors and 12 mem­bers of par­lia­ment to the Pil­bara and Gold­fields re­gions to see projects in­clud­ing the Wood­side-op­er­ated North West Shelf project and Kar­ratha Gas Plant, Yara Pil­bara Fer­tilis­ers plant, the CITIC Pa­cific Sino Iron project, Rio Tinto’s Cape Lam­bert and the Fortes­cue Me­tals Group Solomon Hub mine.

Tas­ma­nian Se­na­tor Jac­qui Lam­bie, NSW MP Matt Thistleth­waite and WA Se­na­tor Glenn Sterle took part in the tour with the 11 WA State MPs elected in March.

CME deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ni­cole Roocke said the num­ber of new MPs in the State Gov­ern­ment meant this had been a par­tic­u­larly large tour aimed at giv­ing politi­cians in­sights into the min­ing sec­tor.

“What we sought to do was to show­case the Pil­bara to them so they could see first hand the size and enor­mity of the in­dus­try, but also so they could get an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the chal­lenges . . . to de­vel­op­ment in (re­mote) places,” she said.

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel was part of the tour.

Ms Roocke said the wide range of re­source projects vis­ited had been an eye-opener for mem­bers of the trip, most of whom had never been to the re­gion be­fore.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor Damien Miles and artist Doreen Chap­man.

Pic­ture: Elle Borg­ward

Lulu by Michelle Hawkins.

Pic­ture: CME

Fed­eral and State politi­cians visit the Yara Pil­bara Fer­tilis­ers plant as part of a re­gional re­sources project tour last week.

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