Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    Premier visits Esperance on the back of MinRes deal

    17/07/2018 10:05 AM
    • Mineral Resources' acquisition of Koolyanobbing iron ore mine to allow iron ore exports from Esperance to continue
    • State Government working towards a positive outcome for Esperance  

    Premier Mark McGowan has moved to reassure Esperance that iron ore exports at the local port remained a priority for the McGowan Labor Government.


    The State Government has been working with Mineral Resources Limited to acquire Cleveland-Cliffs' fixed infrastructure assets at the Port of Esperance, to ensure a positive outcome for the people of Esperance.


    The acquisition will ensure that mining operations continue in the region. Exports will continue to be shipped through Esperance Port and many local jobs will be protected.


    The State Government has committed to time limited royalty relief for Cliffs-related port throughput and reduced port charges, in order to guarantee continued operations and ensure many local jobs, including workers at Esperance Port, are protected.


    The assistance provided by the Government will allow the mining of iron ore to continue in the region, providing certainty to the local workforce.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "The State Government continues to work closely with MRL to ensure economic activity continues in the region.


    "The acquisition will ensure mining operations will continue out of Esperance Port and local jobs are protected.


    "Creating jobs across regional WA is a big priority of my Government, and the acquisition of the Koolyanobbing iron ore operation by Mineral Resources will ensure that employment opportunities remain in the region."


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