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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 990 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Diane Evers

Minister responding: Hon M. McGowan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

      990. Hon DIANE EVERS to the minister representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade:
I refer to question on notice 488 asked on 1 November.
      (1) Noting that the additional jobs expected to be created by exports of up to 2.5 million tonnes per annum of raw bauxite over and above jobs in Alcoa's existing operations are only in construction and fabrication supply of equipment and building materials, what does the minister consider to be the main benefits to WA of the planned raw bauxite exports, in terms of regional development?
      (2) In relation to (1), what does the minister consider to be the main negative consequences, if any, of the raw bauxite exports, in terms of the region?
      (3) What reason did Alcoa give for requiring the use of berth 8 at Bunbury port for the shipping of the raw bauxite in addition to the use of Kwinana Bulk Terminal?
      (4) Will shipping raw bauxite out of Bunbury port require rail upgrades; and, if so, will the minister please give details?
(5) In relation to (1), what is the expected construction period in years or months?
The following information has been provided by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
      (1) Longer term, the benefits will be the provision of additional revenue streams for both Alcoa and the state that will be beneficial for Western Australia, including additional royalty streams. Regionally, the project will provide for the maintenance of local jobs and the opportunity for local business to provide services to Alcoa, including regional transport services.
(2) The department is not aware of any.
      (3) Insufficient shipping slots at the Kwinana Bulk Terminal required bauxite to be shipped through the multi-user Bunbury berth 8 facility.
(4) Yes, a rail loop and train unloader is proposed to be constructed within the Bunbury port area.
(5) It is expected to be approximately 12 to 18 months.