The Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance was formed in December 2005 by a group of companies with iron ore deposits in the Geraldton/Mid West area of Western Australia. The primary role of the Alliance is to promote the development of a viable and successful iron ore industry in the region.
Iron ore is one of the most exciting new growth sectors to emerge in the diverse Mid West economy, which already includes a substantial mining sector. Spanning an area of more than 470,000 square kilometres, the Mid West region is richly endowed with iron ore and well serviced by road, rail and port infrastructure. Geraldton is the region's commercial, administrative and service centre and is located just 400 kilometres north of Perth.
Membership of the Alliance is presently nine companies, each of which is exploring, developing or expanding its iron ore projects. Collectively, the members have the capacity to develop a substantial new iron ore export industry, delivering significant economic benefits to both large and small regional communities. The members are:
The members of the Alliance have agreed to cooperate in all key areas of the industry's development, with particular focus on infrastructure, statutory approvals and Government/community relations.
While all members of the Alliance have different development strategies, each recognises the benefit of promoting common-user infrastructure, advocating the region's infrastructure requirements and working closely with stakeholders.
Geraldton and the Mid West is currently the second fastest growing iron ore producing area in Australia and, given supportive Government policies and the goodwill of local communities, the area could be transformed over the next decade into the second most significant iron ore producing region in Australia, exporting some 60 to 90 million tonnes per annum of iron ore products, including a significant proportion of value-added products such as concentrate/pellets.
Rob Jefferies, CEO of the
Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance
Bill Mackenzie, Chairperson
of the Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance
Clive Brown, Patron