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Question Without Notice No. 345 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 April 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

BBI GROUP — RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE — PILBARA

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

(1) Can the minister confirm that the Flinders Mines quarterly report for the quarter ending 31 December 2014 contains this statement —

High grade iron mineralisation continues to be intersected adjacent to areas of known mineralisation and outside of the current resource boundary.

(2) Does the minister have knowledge of applications made to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for Western Australian projects that are the subject of state agreements; and, if not, why not?

(3) Can the minister advise whether BBI Group or Todd Minerals, or any associated entity, has made an application for funding to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility; and, if so, will the minister table a copy of that application together with any attached bankable feasibility study?

(4) Is the minister aware of any assertion by BBI Group or Todd Minerals on the capacity of the BBI rail project to carry iron ore from Flinders Mines?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

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

(1) The Flinders Mines quarterly report for the quarter ending 31 December 2014 contains the statement —

High grade iron mineralisation continues to be intersected adjacent to areas of known mineralisation and outside of the current resource boundary.

(2) Under a master facility agreement reached between the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and the commonwealth and Western Australian governments, state agreement projects are excluded from NAIF funding.

(3) The Western Australian government has not received any such application for funding. Applications are made directly to NAIF and not through the state.

(4) Yes.