Hedland exports levy proposal rejected

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Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has poured cold water on the idea of imposing a $1-a-tonne levy on exports from Port Hedland.

The Port Hedland Community Progress Association has been arguing the case for improved dust suppression and a levy to fund community development initiatives.

Ms MacTiernan said there were other ways the State Government was looking to drive diversification and employment.

“The idea of us putting another levy on mining companies, it is not going to happen,” she said.

“We are grappling with the issue of what we are going to do with clean air and how we move forward on the dust issue.”

Greens Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple said dust needed to be brought under control, but the levy was not the way to do it.

“Unfortunately like my colleague (Ms MacTiernan) said, the ability to slap a $1-per-tonne on iron ore… isn’t going to fly," he said.

“Legally you can’t do it.

“I do think the State needs to take greater responsibility for the dust.”

The proposed levy would be imposed on all exports and go into a traditional owners’ fund, Port Hedland redevelopment fund, Pilbara redevelopment fund and wealth fund.

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