City welcomes Balla Balla Iron State Agreement

A new iron ore mine, port and rail project near Whim Creek with the potential to create thousands of jobs has been welcomed by the City of Karratha.

The position of the mine raises the potential for a large residential and drive in drive out workforce to be based with the City to service the mine, port and rail operations.

The project also raises the prospect of unlocking stranded iron ore assets which currently have no way of getting to market.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the City was ready to work with project proponents the Todd Corporation on ensuring the maximum number of workers were based locally.

“The signing of the State Agreement for this project is a big vote of confidence in the City of Karratha and we want to make sure that our community gets the maximum benefit out of this project,” Cr Long said.

“We have made significant investments in our community infrastructure and we are confident that we can absorb the workforce for this project into our community,” he said.

“It is very heartening that we are seeing companies like Todd Corporation making progress towards large investment decisions and we hope to see the Balla Balla project commence soon, following the State Agreement.”

The City of Karratha has been in discussions with the Balla Balla project proponents for the last 18 months and has stressed the need for the project to benefit the local community and local businesses.

The project is worth an estimated $5 billion and could see 3000 workers employed during the construction phase.

The next City of Karratha Business Breakfast will feature a community and business update about the project from the proponents. The breakfast will be held on Tuesday 28 February.