A $120 million port access upgrade is being heralded for the opportunities it presents junior iron ore miners in Western Australia.
Member for Eyre, Graham Jacobs, said miners in the Yilgarn region would now have access to better port infrastructure after the completion of a new access corridor at Esperance Port.
The project was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss this week.
Truss said the upgrade redefined access to the port by removing level crossings and building new access roads to safely separate heavy vehicles and rail freight.
“Esperance Port is now in a good position to be a competitive player in the import/export market, and will help Western Australia's economy continue to thrive,” Truss said.
Jacobs said the access corridor removed bottlenecks and improved safety at the site.
He said miners would benefit from the investment.
"There are many junior miners in the iron ore industry that have no gateway to market and our expansion from 11 million to 20 million will allow junior miners to get access to port and a gateway to the market and that's really important for the region."