Re­align­ment busi­ness case right on track

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

The busi­ness case for the City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der’s rail re­align­ment pro­ject is due to be com­pleted in the first quar­ter of next year, with the pro­ject ex­pected to pro­vide a range of rail and freight ef­fi­cien­cies to the min­ing hub.

The pro­ject, which in­volves the de­vel­op­ment of an in­ter­modal fa­cil­ity in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der and re­align­ment of the main east-west rail line to the south of the city, was an­nounced by City chief ex­ec­u­tive John Walker in June.

It is an­tic­i­pated the pro­posal will free up highly prospec­tive land for min­eral ex­plo­ration, with po­ten­tial ben­e­fits for Kal­go­or­lie Con­sol­i­dated Gold Mines, and present sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to the freight in­dus­try.

To date, the City of Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der has de­vel­oped and ex­e­cuted mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ings with KCGM and the Aus­tralian Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion for the rail re­align­ment pro­ject.

Act­ing City chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Devenish said the City pro­ject partners were in the process of seek­ing quotes from con­sul­tancy ser­vices to un­der­take a pre­lim­i­nary busi­ness case for the pro­ject.

“The pre­lim­i­nary busi­ness case will sup­port fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions along with dis­cus­sions with key stake­hold­ers,” he said.

“(This) is ex­pected to be com­pleted in the first quar­ter of 2019.

“In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing cost es­ti­mates for the pro­ject, the work will out­line the sub­stan­tial ben­e­fits the pro­ject will bring to the re­gion.”

In an­nounc­ing the pro­ject ear­lier this year, Mr Walker said it would de­liver ma­jor road sav­ings, take trucks off the road, and de­liver in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port growth go­ing for­ward, both in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der and the wider eco­nomic zone.

“We are of course the log­i­cal hub for trans­port given our east-west and north-south rail lines, our air trans­port and our road links that go through­out the na­tion,” he said.

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