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Question Without Notice No. 727 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 June 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

PILBARA IRON ORE PROJECT

727. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade:

(1) Will the minister confirm that the Railway (BBI Rail Aus Pty Ltd) Agreement Act 2017 in the recitals states —

A. The Guarantors and the Company are investigating ... a railway from the PIOP mining area .... to within the proposed Port of Balla Balla ... for � iron ore products �

(2) Is the mention of PIOP included as an example or option, or does it specifically refer to the Pilbara iron ore project of Flinders Mines Ltd?

(3) Is PIOP the only mining operation mentioned in the Railway (BBI Rail Aus Pty Ltd) Agreement Act 2017?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation advises the following.

(1) I can confirm that the Railway (BBI Rail Aus Pty Ltd) Agreement Act 2017 in recital A is correct, as quoted.

(2) It is not an example or an option. The PIOP mining area is defined in the agreement. These areas of mining act title are currently held by Flinders Mines Ltd.

(3) Yes. However, the proponents have the right to submit additional proposals to expand the SRL Railway with a spur line to other mines in the Pilbara region.