Realignment business case right on track
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.