Resources Minister John Bowler today forecast a promising future for Western Australia at the Planning Institute of Australia’s State conference in Kalgoorlie.
Mr Bowler highlighted the importance of approval for projects while giving a strategic view of WA’s resources industry in 20 years’ time.
“WA is enjoying a prosperous period due to world-wide demand for the State’s resources,” he said.
“The State will still be in a globally competitive position in 20 years, despite the ups and downs in demand for our exports.”
The Minister said sustainability of local communities would be a major issue for the State Government when approving new projects.
“There will be a continued demand for the supply of infrastructure, project-ready land and facilities provided by State and local governments and industry to attract and support industrial development,” he said.
“The size of the State and the widespread distribution of the resources and the cyclical nature of the sector mean that detailed forward planning is difficult and more responsive models are needed.”
Mr Bowler said industries across the State would place a heavy emphasis on health, safety and environmental matters, as well as on using more recycled and potable water and continuing to rehabilitate mine sites.
“Resource projects will be supported by local communities for workers and services,” he said.
The Minister said residential workforces resulted in direct benefits for the regions and the focus needed to remain for fly in-fly out arrangements to be used when they were unavoidable.
“Indigenous people will continue to play an integral role in the approval, development and operation stages of future projects, which will lead either to direct participation or providing support services across the State,” he said.
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