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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 457 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 June 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 13 June 2018


457. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I note that the minister will be familiar with proposals by the City of Kalgoorlie–Boulder to reroute a 20-kilometre length of the east–west rail line to the south of the city.

(1) Is the government fully supportive of this plan, which will free up ground for exploration and improve the liveability of the city for residents?

(2) What steps has the government taken to assist the project?

(3) Has the government nominated an individual to coordinate government assistance to the project?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The information has been provided to me by the Minister for Transport.

(1)–(3) The transport portfolio concluded the PortLink inland freight corridor project in 2016. It included an assessment of options for a freight railway realignment and heavy vehicle bypass that concluded that a northern road and rail realignment is the preferred corridor alignment. The City of Kalgoorlie–Boulder agreed at the time to accommodate both northern and southern rail options in its local planning policy. The council outlined its proposal broadly to the minister in a recent conversation. The minister intends to receive a further briefing on the details.