Forrest energy and resources under the spotlight


 The Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane heard about the potential of the Collie and Bunbury region when he was taken for a tour by Nola Marino.

Mr Macfarlane met with some of our leading industries and biggest employers on his trip to Forrest on Tuesday, July 17.

Griffin General Manager of Operations Aaron Maurer, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane, Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino and Lanco Director Raj Selvendra at Muja mine on Tuesday morning.

“To have Ian here today in an electorate where his knowledge and skills are a perfect fit is a great opportunity for the Collie and Bunbury region,” Mrs Marino said.

Mr Macfarlane’s tour started early in Collie at a breakfast function with the town’s chamber of commerce and industry members.

He was asked many questions about the carbon tax and was briefed about the infrastructure requirements of the South West.

Especially how Collie products would be moved down the hill and through the Bunbury Port.

Mr Macfarlane then had meetings with Griffin at its Muja coal mining operations.

Griffin has a major expansion on its horizon and is also planning to improve rail links to the port where it is planning to build a berth to export coal to the international marketplace.

At the second meeting in Collie Mr Macfarlane met with BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina about its recently completed expansion and its plans for the future.

A tour of the Bunbury Port was followed by a round table meeting at the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane and Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino with BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina’s Refinery General Manager Trevor Peters, External Affairs Manager Lee-Anne Petchell and Asset President Ricus Grimbeek.

Besides answering questions about his own portfolio areas, Mr Macfarlane was told how Federal policies are impacting on the South West and was quizzed on what he would like to see occur if the Coalition formed government.

At a function at the Gelorup Community Hall Mr Macfarlane spoke about his experiences in his 14 years as an elected member of Parliament, minister and shadow minister.