ROB Katter has praised the collaborative work of key stakeholders in successfully lobbying for a gas pipeline to the East Coast to come through Mount Isa.
The State Member for Mount Isa congratulated the Tennant Creek-Mount Isa (TCMI) Cross Border Alliance for working closely with the Northern Territory government to shore up an economic-boosting project for their communities.
There were two options for the $1.35 billion North East Gas Interconnector – with the Tennant Creek to Mount Isa route vying with the Alice Springs to South Australia (Moomba) option.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the process of ensuring the gas pipeline – a piece of infrastructure that is significant to the nation – came through Mount Isa,” Mr Katter said.
“Bringing the pipeline through Mount Isa was always the logical option.”
“It’s a shorter route and much cheaper, but there was a lot of hard work which went in to make sure the right decision was made.”
“There were a few political battles which went on behind the scenes along the way.”
Mr Katter recently held extensive talks with State Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Anthony Lynham, and the leading tenderers for the project, about the benefits of the gas pipeline coming through Mount Isa.
“The pipeline is not only a significant industry enabler by way of cheaper energy for new mining projects, but will also boost prospects for jobs and offer local suppliers much-needed opportunities to supply labour and materials for the construction of the project.”
“We also know of a number of phosphate and uranium projects in the corridor between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa, and with this access to cheaper energy, any projects which were borderline to go ahead, will now become much more viable.”
“I’d like to pay particular credit to State Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham for his hard work in ensuring the gas pipeline came to Mount Isa.”
Mr Katter said the gas pipeline decision was another confidence boost for the Mount Isa economy.
“This is another big win for Mount Isa, and great news off the back of Glencore’s recent decision to extend the life of the copper smelter at Mount Isa Mines,” he said.
“The pipeline is a critical nation-building project, but especially important for Northern Australia and the North West.”