Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    Government calls for public submission on Pilbara rail access

    10/06/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The State Government is calling for public submissions on a draft third party haulage regime for railways in the Pilbara released today by Treasurer Eric Ripper.

     

    Mr Ripper said the release of both an issues paper and the draft regime followed extensive deliberation and consultation by the Pilbara Rail Access Interdepartmental Committee (PRAIC).

     

    The Treasurer said the Government had long wanted fair and reasonable third party access to railways in the Pilbara and this was a major step towards that goal. 

     

    “The issues paper outlines the areas of the regime where the committee has settled on a position, as well as the areas where issues are still to be resolved,” he said.

     

    “The public and industry are asked particularly to provide feedback on these issues, as well as any other elements of the regime they believe require consideration.” 

     

    Mr Ripper said the feedback would help the Government determine its final position on the regime.

     

    The development of the draft State-based iron ore haulage regime has progressed in parallel to the declaration applications being considered by the National Competition Council under Part IIIA of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA). 

     

    While these declaration applications are based on obtaining track access, the State-based regime aims to provide a framework and ‘safety net’ for the negotiation of haulage services on commercial terms. It is also intended that the regime be certified under the TPA.

     

    The Treasurer encouraged interested parties to engage with the PRAIC in the process which will influence the future development of the State’s iron ore industry.

     

    He said the regime would also balance the long-term interests of both potential users and providers of rail haulage services in the Pilbara.

     

    The consultation period runs from today until July 25.

     

    Copies of the issues paper and the draft regime, along with details of the consultation process and a forum to be held on Friday, June 20, can be found on the Department of Treasury and Finance website at http://www.dtf.wa.gov.au/cms/tre_content.asp?ID=714

     

    Treasurer's office - 9222 8788