The Geological Survey of WA believes Parkeston, the preferred location for the intermodal transport hub, is literally sitting on top of a gold mine.
The long-running PortLink project heavily relies upon the transport hub in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to connect the ports of Esperance, the Pilbara and the Mid-West.
Last year, the plan received $7 million in State and Federal Government funds for a number of planning and feasibility studies into the project.
This includes studies into road and rail re-alignments in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the upgrade of the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra. It is expected the issue of whether Parkeston, to the north-east of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder, should be the location of the transport hub is also likely to be examined.
The Kalgoorlie Miner has obtained a letter between GSWA director Rick Rogerson and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, after the council declared Parkeston was the preferred location for the transport hub in its local planning strategy.
“GSWA notes the City’s current preference for Parkeston as the site for co-location of the Inter-Modal Transport Hub and industrial facilities as well as associated housing,” Mr Rogerson said in the letter sent last August.
“This area is highly prospective for gold mineralisation and will be difficult to establish without sterilising resources."