The Pilbara region in Western Australia is in desperate need of infrastructure and solid planning, according to WA’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy.
The Pilbara is the leading resources sector region in Western Australia, accounting for 63% of the value of WA minerals and energy production in 2007 and generating royalties of more than $1.5 billion.
Unprecedented growth in the region has increased the need for services such as health, education, and land and accommodation are creating a widening gap between supply and demand.
According to Western Australia’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy chief executive Reg Howard-Smith, urgent action is required to address the gap between growth and infrastructure.
“The provision of infrastructure for regional communities such as the Pilbara is critical to making them a sustainable place to live and work,” Howard-Smith said.
“There are significant gaps impacting the liveability of the Pilbara townships, which underlines the need for industry and Government to work together to deliver positive change in the region.
“The issues which need to be addressed are long term challenges for the community, and require a dedicated and coordinated response,” he said.
According to Howard Smith, Industry contributes a significant amount of social investment into the region, however the task is too great and multifaceted for individual companies to manage alone without government support.
“Impacts from initiatives such as Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) are a focus for resource companies operating in the region,” Howard-Smith said.
“FIFO has become a key strategy in attracting skilled workers into the State’s resource sector and it is critical in making many remote mining operations viable, but it presents its own challenges.”
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