There is significant potential for Whyalla to be involved in Iron Road’s Central Eyre Iron Project (CEIP).
That was the message coming from Iron Road Advisor Tim Scholz during his presentation about the project at Monday night’s Whyalla City Council meeting.
The CEIP will consist of a mine located at Warramboo, a deep water port and storage facility at Cape Hardy near Port Neill and a mine-to-port infrastructure corridor comprising a new railway line, power and water.
It’s likely to create 2000 jobs on the Eyre Peninsula during construction, and 700 ongoing positions once it is completed. The project has received approval from both the state and federal governments,
Mr Scholz said here was a ‘huge opportunity’ for Whyalla to get involved.
“The chance of Whyalla getting involved in the project is very much up to Whyalla wanting to be involved – the sky’s the limit,” he said.
“I’ve already had discussions with a number of Whyalla businesses who can provide concrete production, panels, all sorts of things. They have made contact and said they want to be a part of this.”
When questioned about the potential for employment opportunities in Whyalla, Mr Scholz said it would be hard to determine where the spin-offs would land.
“We take resumes of individual workers and they go into a listing for Eyre Peninsula people. Then we have businesses who make contact with us and tell us that they’re interested in being involved,” he said.
There is still a possibility that the project may not go ahead with it being subject to further approvals, but Mr Scholz said Iron Road would be giving it it’s ‘best shot’ to get it off the ground.
“We are expecting to see further outcomes over the next 12 months. The next milestones will be further announcements with partners and further approvals,” he said.
“We have positive signs going forward.”