Oakajee Railway One Step Closer

Oakajee Railway One Step Closer

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for State Development Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

Railway Corridor Approved For Oakajee

Victor P Taffa

  • 570 km railway corridor approved
  • Significant step in securing new infrastructure for the development

The Western Australian Government has approved a 570 km corridor for a railway providing key Mid-West iron ore projects access to the proposed deepwater port at Oakajee.

Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell today jointly announced approval for the proposal submitted by Oakajee Port and Rail Pty Ltd (OPR) under the project’s State Development Agreement.

Premier Barnett said the approval was a significant step in securing new infrastructure vital to the development of the Mid-West mineral province and to WA’s future development.

“This approval enables OPR to proceed with detailed planning and design for a railway to bring ore from deposits from the region’s north and east to Oakajee.” Premier Barnett said.

“Planning the corridor has included consultation with potential users, local governments, affected landholders and other stakeholders such as farmers and pastoralists, Native Title claimants and mining leaseholders.”

WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Buswell said the corridor would accommodate a standard gauge heavy freight railway similar to those operating in the Pilbara.

“The corridor consists of nine sections varying in width to provide flexibility in dealing with geographical features, heritage sites, environmental issues, areas of mineral prospectivity and landowner requirements.” Mr. Buswell said.

Mr. Buswell said that while approval for the corridor would enable more detailed development of the proposal, specific legislation would be required before a railway could be built.

Fact File

  • The rail corridor departs the proposed Oakajee port site and heads east through the Moresby Range to a junction north-west of Mullewa that enables a link to the State freight rail network. From here it heads north-east past the Tallering Peak project to Weld Range, and then north to Jack Hills