Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Goldfields land to be activated for lithium facility

    6/06/2018 9:30 AM
    • McGowan Government to lease land for new lithium hydroxide facility in Kalgoorlie
    • State Budget includes $5.5 million towards developing battery technologies in WA 
    • Lithium taskforce being established to maximise lithium benefits to State
    • Jobs boost for the Eastern Goldfields 

    Western Australia's reputation as the world's leading lithium producer continues to grow, with another facility in the pipeline.


    The McGowan Government is assisting the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to activate a parcel of land for the new Kalgoorlie Lithium Hydroxide Facility.


    State land will be leased by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to help secure the development of the lithium facility at Lot 500 Great Eastern Highway.


    The site will be leased to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for 21 years with an option for a further 21 years after the first term of the lease.


    The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder continues to work with the project proponents to develop the site as the location of the Kalgoorlie Lithium Hydroxide Facility, with negotiations well-advanced for the proponents to start development in the short term.


    State Government agencies, including the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are working collaboratively with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to facilitate the development of this strategic industrial site.


    The McGowan Government recently committed provisional funding for the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, to support development and manufacturing of technology metals and renewable energy sources.


    Meanwhile, WA Lithium last month signed an agreement to enter into an Option to Lease with LandCorp for a selected site in Kwinana.


    Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The activation of this land will be a jobs boost for the Eastern Goldfields.


    "The development of the Kalgoorlie Lithium Hydroxide Facility will put the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia at the forefront of this growing resource industry.


    "When completed, the Kalgoorlie Lithium Hydroxide Facility will produce a battery-quality lithium product suitable for use in the lithium-ion battery industry.


    "The State Government and City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will continue to work together to ensure that this development creates a jobs boost which will benefit the Eastern Goldfields community."


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "The mining and processing of tech metals will provide a new Golden Age for this region - and indeed for WA.


    "It is great to see State and local governments coming together to drive these opportunities for 21st century industry."


    Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200