HARBOUR…At least two proposals have been put forward to export ore from the Port Pirie harbour. Here is a scene of the wharf.SOURCES familiar with the mining industry have pleaded with the State Government to keep a register of interest for proposed developments on the other side of the Pirie River.
But the government and Port Pirie Regional Council were both cool on the idea and instead outlined initiatives that were already in progress regarding mineral export development in the city.
The sources said a register was desirable because of the multiple owners of land on the other side of the river and near the rifle range.
If introduced, such a register would streamline the response from council and the government to development proposals and speed the approval of projects.
Mineral Resources Minister Tom Koutsantonis was asked by The Recorder to respond.
“We know of two concepts being proposed to develop the port,” he said.
“Sea Transport Corporation and Port Pirie Regional Council support the development on Solomontown Island while Carpentaria Limited and Flinders Ports propose a development on the town side of the port channel.
“The proponents are being case-managed in partnership between the Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Department and the State Development Department.
“This has included the development of a document detailing land-owners in the area which is provided to interested parties.
“The State Development Department is encouraging collaboration between the project proponents. The government is fully aware of the complexities associated with the specific proposals which cover commercial, community and environmental considerations.
“The government has consistently promoted investment opportunities for infrastructure development that has attracted interest from China, India and Canada. Invest in SA is leading the charge to assist the private sector identifying new capital providers and potential funding models.”
Late last year, the council and Regional Development Australia produced a strategic port expansion plan known as the Aurecon report.
Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson said the report had been sent to 80 companies, including miners and infrastructure providers, and government agencies.
“They are looking at what the next stage might be. We have had discussions with a mumber of them who have got back to us,” he said.
“The report and a video ‘fly-through’ are on our website.”
He said the council was “in discussions” with a couple of parties, but he was unable to identify them because it was commercially sensitive.
He rejected the idea of a register of expressions of interest, saying that it was not warranted “at this stage”and that the council “knows who the key parties are”.
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