BHP’s Pilbara Extension Plan Approved By McGowan Govt

BHP’s Pilbara Extension Plan Approved By McGowan Govt

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Mining Giant’s Long-Term Plan For The Pilbara Approved

Victor P Taffa

  • BHP’s strategic expansion proposal for the Pilbara given approval by the State Government
  • Long-term Pilbara Expansion Strategic Proposal streamlines process and provides greater certainty for the next 50-100 years
  • An Australian-first for the mining and resources industry, set to create tens of thousands of new jobs in Western Australia
  • Plan is expected to reduce future approval timeframes by up to 50 %

McGowan Government has approved a 50 to 100-year strategic mining proposal for the Pilbara by resources giant BHP, which outlines bold plans for new and existing mines, along with a vision to create tens of thousands of jobs for Western Australians.


“This is a major job-creating plan for Western Australia that has the potential to deliver tens of thousands of jobs for local Western Australians.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“Industry has been crying out for this type of plan. It recognises the need to reduce unnecessary ‘green tape’ to increase investor confidence, and pave the way for more jobs.”

BHP’s Pilbara Expansion Strategic Proposal details a cumulative picture of the miner’s planned and potential operations across the Pilbara including mining operations, rail, storage areas, dams and associated mine infrastructure.

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recommended environmental approval of BHP’s strategic proposal, with conditions.

Strategic proposals help reduce red and green tape, allowing the EPA to consider the cumulative impacts of future proposals, rather than assessing impacts on a case-by-case basis, as individual mines or developments are proposed.

EPA assessed the impacts to flora and vegetation, fauna, water quality and quantity, air quality as well as social surrounds.

“Pilbara region holds immense environmental value and a key focus of the EPA assessment was to ensure the proposal did not significantly impact on important regional environmental values including Karijini National Park and Fortescue Marsh.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

WA Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson









“EPA gave BHP’s strategic proposal careful consideration, including considering the impacts to fauna, flora, surface and ground water, air quality, landforms and social surrounds.”

Ministerial Statement for BHP’s strategic proposal includes conditions that may be applied to each development, including environmental management plans, a cultural heritage management plan, a mine closure plan and offsets through contributions to the Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund where significant residual impacts remain.

BHP is required to refer future individual proposals outlined in the Ministerial Statement to the EPA to determine if they meet the high environmental standards set by the strategic assessment.