Calls for Yilgarn rail

Miners in the Yilgarn region have made calls to band together to develop infrastructure in the region.

The iron ore miners, in particular Mindax Resources, are pushing for the implementation of a Yilgarn iron ore producers association in a similar vein to the Pilbara’s Northwest Iron Ore Alliance.

“A rail link would provide an important lead in to future magnetite production from the area,” Mindax managing director Greg Bromley said.

They are agitating for meetings with Premier Colin Barnett, Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls and Mines Minister Norman Moore to talk about the pressing need for greater infrastructure in the region.

To date, the Yilgarn region has been largely ignored for development in the nearby mid west iron ore area, with construction focused on the Oakajee port and infrastructure to service the region.

This latest call for Yilgarn development comes after mid west iron ore miner Gindalbie Metals announces the construction of an 85km rail spur to connect it with existing lines to Geraldton.

Resources companies most likely to join the Yilgarn alliance are Jupiter Mines, Legacy Iron Ore, Hawthorn Resources, Mineral Resources and Macarthur Minerals.

The rail infrastructure “presents a significant new long term economic potential for the Goldfields region,” Bromley said.

This call for greater infrastructure comes on the back of Mindax’s initiation of a study into infrastructure for its Mt Forrest project.

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