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Question Without Notice No. 80 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 February 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

KALGOORLIE CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINES — MT PERCY — RAIL REALIGNMENT

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

I refer the minister to the proposal for the rail realignment near the Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Mt Percy open pits, which are known to have abundant gold resources and which, if mined, would increase mine life and give wider benefits to the Kalgoorlie–Boulder community.

(1) Does the government support the proposal to move the current rail line, which would allow extensive open-cut mining in the area of the current rail line; and, if not, why not?

(2) If yes, will the government commit funding to facilitate and encourage this very important proposal, which would allow for a very long mine life of the KCGM open-cut mining operation?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) Planning work conducted by the Department of Transport to date on the rail realignment proposal has not identified specific overall transport benefits from the proposal and has identified issues with maintaining direct access to the town centre for passenger rail services, including major tourism trains such as the Prospector and Indian Pacific. Future government support for the proposal would depend upon broader economic benefits being demonstrated and would require consideration on regional development rather than transport grounds.