Mining is the largest employer and exporter within the Mid West Region, accounting for 3,525 jobs and $3.3B in production. The sector is incredibly diverse, with products including talc, gold, lead, tin, tantalum, zinc, heavy mineral sands, iron ore, copper, clays, nickel, pigments, vanadium, titanium, gypsum, chromite, platinoids, limestone, lime sands and manganese ore.

Mid West mining projects are generally smaller, targeted projects, that are highly efficient in production and logistics operations. Greater Geraldton plays a critical role in the provision of key export infrastructure (port, heavy rail and airport) for resource operations, as well as the supply of skilled labour and public and private support services.

Opportunities have been identified to capture demand for local services that will support further mining sector growth in areas including:

  • Exploration and Mining Support Services ($7.1m)
  • Professional Services ($3.9m)
  • Finance and Insurance ($1.2m)
  • Civil Engineering and Construction ($1.7m)
  • Energy Generation ($3.1)

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Current investment opportunities in this sector include:

Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area

The Oakajee project is planned to create a new multi-user port and associated Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) for strategic and downstream processing industries in Western Australia’s Mid West region. The Oakajee SIA is adjacent to the future port site and is connected to key existing and planned regional infrastructure. The Oakajee Port will be the Mid West Region’s next major port for the export of local resources such as iron ore and gas. Once fully complete the Oakajee Port will be capable of meeting the bulk export needs of the region. Land is available in the adjacent Oakajee SIA and will be allocated by the Department of State Development through a lease arrangement with LandCorp.

Along with the industrial core, the Oakajee SIA also includes a buffer (4,000ha) and general industrial areas (196ha) which may be used for support industries.

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Narngulu Industrial Estate

Narngulu Industrial Estate is located 12km south east of Geraldton, close to Geraldton airport and connected to the Geraldton Port by major road and rail infrastructure. Situated close to other industrial amenities Narngulu Industrial Estate comprises of 4.5 hectares (available for purchase as whole or part) of unserviced vacant land that is zoned general industry.

Fulfilling a need for large-scale general industrial land in the Mid West region, Narngulu Industrial Estate (NIE) has been specifically designed to accommodate businesses requiring lots greater than 1ha. It is ideal for transport, logistics and manufacturing businesses, particularly those supporting the mining industry.

Businesses within the NIE benefit from easy access to Geraldton Port, Geraldton Airport and potential access to Oakajee Industrial Estate via the proposed Oakajee-Narngulu Infrastructure Corridor (ONIC)

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