Growth plan takes shape

MAYOR’S VIEW

Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION - — Swedish proverb John Bowler

This year brings new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties to the Gold­fields.

The ground­work done in 2018 has de­liv­ered on many ma­jor ini­tia­tives for our re­gion.

The Kalgoorlie Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence held in Perth in June brought to­gether the many con­cepts and projects un­der way that map out a vi­brant econ­omy for the city’s fu­ture.

This year we look for­ward to the in­vest­ment com­mit­ment for the Kalgoorlie Lithium Re­fin­ery, owned and op­er­ated by pro­ducer Neomet­als.

Unique to Kalgoorlie-Boul­der is that we have all the in­gre­di­ents to fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment for the re­fin­ery. Kalgoorlie-Boul­der was cho­sen be­cause of the con­nected in­fra­struc­ture in the re­gion.

Road, rail, gas pipe­line and sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties pro­vide Neomet­als the ba­sics to get ahead of the pack.

Securing the re­fin­ery and rail re­align­ment is de­ter­mined by the out­come of lo­cal govern­ment’s drive to co-or­di­nate the projects and bring part­ners to­gether.

This I am es­pe­cially proud of as mayor — to look back to when ideas were pre­sented and see how far Kalgoorlie-Boul­der has come.

Gold, sil­ver, nickel, lithium and the many other mined re­sources that our re­gion of­fers all make their way to new des­ti­na­tions.

We rarely see the ben­e­fits of lo­cal en­ter­prise, with the ex­cep­tion of the at­trac­tive gold nugget dis­plays vis­i­tors and res­i­dents love. We all hold a phone in our hands. How proud would you be hold­ing that phone and know­ing the in­te­gral com­po­nents were all mined and made on the ground you walk on?

The State Govern­ment’s goal is to cap­i­talise on the lithium boom and cre­ate a sus­tain­able ecosys­tem, from min­ing of min­er­als to a con­sum­able end prod­uct.

His­tor­i­cally we as a na­tion have missed out on cap­i­tal­is­ing on down­stream pro­cess­ing.

In the com­ing week Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der will wel­come the Aus­tralian Rail and Track Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man War­ren Truss. This visit will be a de­ci­sive step to­wards pro­gress­ing the City’s rail re­align­ment project that will shape our fu­ture by cre­at­ing a more ef­fi­cient ser­vice for rail trans­porta­tion.

Con­struc­tion of the new line will cre­ate lo­cal em­ploy­ment.

The project will cul­mi­nate with op­por­tu­ni­ties for more down­stream pro­cess­ing.

It is great to know Neomet­als has a com­mit­ment to grow­ing Kalgoorlie-Boul­der. I look for­ward to see­ing the growth the rail re­align­ment project will bring. The Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club Mu­seum of the Dog opens on Fe­bru­ary 8 in Man­hat­tan, re­turn­ing to New York after three decades in St Louis.

The col­lec­tion boasts por­traits of royal and pres­i­den­tial pets, and ar­ti­facts that trace ca­nine history as far back as an es­ti­mated 30 mil­lion-year-old fos­sil.

Electronic de­vices “match” vis­i­tors’ faces with dog breeds and let peo­ple try their hand at ba­sic dog train­ing with a virtual puppy.

A li­brary area lets mu­se­um­go­ers pe­ruse some of the club’s 15,000 books.

One thing there won’t be: ac­tual dogs, ex­cept for special oc­ca­sions.

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Alan Fausel says he hopes the mu­seum gives vis­i­tors “an un­der­stand­ing of the history of dogs” and their va­ri­ety.

Signed Al­ston prints are avail­able from www.west­pix.com.au. Phone 9482 2378.

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