South Australia Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond
Libs To Ensure Deep Sea Port For Mining
Victor P Taffa
A Redmond Liberal Government will contribute $2 Million towards establishing a deep sea port in South Australia – vital to securing the state optimal benefit from the projected mining boom.
The funding will help get the halted prefeasibility study for a bulk loading facility at Port Bonython back on track.
Prioritisation by Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond is in stark contrast to the piecemeal approach to mining infrastructure of the Rann Government.
Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond, speaking to a South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy lunch, said a Liberal Government would fund $2 Million in her government’s first year to the prefeasibility study.
“This funding commitment will restart the prefeasibility study into this vital piece of infrastructure.”
“The Spencer Gulf Port Link Consortium has already spent $4 Million on this project but tell us that another $8.7 Million is needed to bring the project to bankable feasibility.”
“The Rann Labor Government has been sitting on a submission from the consortium for some 18 months without response highlighting the difference between Mike Rann’s rhetoric on mining and his actions.”
“Mike Rann has been promising South Australians a mining boom for eight years. He is yet to deliver.” Ms. Redmond said.
“A Redmond Liberal Government is committed to ensuring this project comes to fruition for the benefit of mining in South Australia and will investigate options for possible State Government involvement in the delivering of the Port Bonython bulk loading facility.” Ms. Redmond said.
Given the problems of the tuna industry in the State and other industry closures this announcement by Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond will provide direction and hope for South Australia.
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