West Australian transport minister Troy Buswell and Fremantle MP Adele Carles are seeking to block Cazaly Resources Fremantle port export plan.
The miner is planning to export 1.4 million tonnes of iron ore from the port while capacity is being increased at the Port of Esperance, according to The West Australian.
There is no plan to increase the capacity for iron ore exports from the ports, with Carles stating that doing so would open the way to Fremantle becoming a bulk commodities port.
“This is Fremantle, it’s not Port Hedland, and I do not want to see Fremantle become a bulk commodities port to service the mining boom," Carles stated.
“We don’t want any iron ore in Fremantle.”
Minister Buswell confirmed that the State Government would not support Cazaly’s plan.
“The Government’s position is that bulk commodities such as iron ore will not be shipped through the Fremantle Inner Harbour," he declared.
These comments have raised the ire of WA opposition leader Eric Ripper, who questioned whether correct processes had been followed, as Buswell’s comments come before the Government’s assessments have been completed.
“Apparently we don’t need an Environmental Protection Authority, we just need Troy (Buswell) and Adele (Carles)," Ripper stated.