Decision time for Pilbara hub

Western Australia can’t wait for regional growth to happen organically, according to Rio Tinto’s Sam Walsh.


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Port Hedland
How is it that 'resources are spread around too many towns' in the Pilbara? There should be only one 'hub' to make the Pilbara a more efficient, less expensive colony for Perth? Is Mr Pownall seriously suggesting infrastructure shouldn't be provided to Pilbara towns other than Karratha? Should this efficient philosophy apply in the South West? the Kimberley? The fact is that almost all government departments are headquartered in Karratha. There isn't a single employee of the Department of Environment in Port Hedland; when BHP Billiton had a massive (30km out to sea) spill from its dredging bunds, the DEC didn't appear for a month. Port Hedland has two natural advantages. One is there's no shortage of water - the three largest rivers in the Pilbara run to the sea near Hedland. It's also at the junction of the Great Northern and North West Coastal Highways.

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