The South Australian Government is negotiating the construction of new ports in the Spencer Gulf to handle the State’s growth in mining.
Following the opening of South Australia’s 12th mine, the Cairn Hill iron ore, copper and gold mine at Coober Pedy, Premier Mike Rann said it is looking at additional ports as there are an additional 20 mines being planned.
However, State opposition mining spokesperson Mitch Williams has hit back, saying that the new facilities should have already been in place to coincide with Cairn Hill’s opening.
"We are going to see one-point-seven million tonnes of iron ore brought right through metropolitan Adelaide into Outer Harbor," Williams told the ABC.
"It is a third world operation, we should have already built a bulk loading facility to underpin future investment in the mining sector."
South Australia has recently seen a boom in mining in the State.
It is currently working on a diesel port facility at Bonython.