Deputy Premier Ian Taylor today met with representatives of the Shire of Ashburton and reiterated the Government's firm policy position on the future of Wittenoom.
"The 1984 Government policy remains in place and future Government agency actions will be consistent with that policy," Mr Taylor said.
"The Shire of Ashburton is well aware of this position and I have today reminded it that no policy change has been implemented."
With the decision remaining in place, the Deputy Premier said it was important that the State and local governments worked together to bring the necessary changes to Wittenoom.
"We emphasised to the Shire that a co-operative effort is necessary and that both levels of government should work very closely in the wind-down program," Mr Taylor said.
"The Department of State Development will head a small group of Government and Shire representatives to oversee the development of this program, which will include demolition, regeneration and duty of care responsibilities."
Funding allocations have been approved by Government for phase-down activities, as well as a mine sites rehabilitation project.
"Of paramount importance are the personal health and safety aspects. The Government is not about forcing remaining residents to leave, but in all instances the risk to them and visitors to the area must be minimised," Mr Taylor said.
"I will direct the Pilbara Development Commission to co-ordinate a response based on the region's tourist industry requirements.
"With expectations of increasing tourist traffic to the Pilbara, a great opportunity now exists to capitalise on those numbers and the scenic beauty of the region."