City welcomes State Government support for BBI project

The City of Karratha has welcomed a major milestone for the Balla Balla Infrastructure project with State Government formalizing its support for the project.

Premier Mark McGowan introduced a State Agreement into Parliament yesterday which provides tenure arrangements for the railway component of the project and also sets out local industry participation, community development and third party access requirements.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the $5.6 billion project had the capacity to be a huge economic enabler for the region and is expected to create 3,300 construction jobs and 910 operational positions.

“The introduction of the State Agreement into Parliament today reaffirms the State Government’s commitment to this significant project which will generate job and business opportunities for City of Karratha residents,” Cr Long said.

“We are particularly pleased to see that local industry and community participation have been identified as a key components of the agreement as the City has been working closely with BBI to identify opportunities to maximize local content.”

“We are hopeful that the State Government's commitment to seal the next stage of the Tom Price Road will enable the project to operate a drive-in-drive-out workforce from Karratha, further boosting local employment opportunities.”

A final investment decision for the project is expected next year.