The head of a state inquiry into the controversial Copper and Gold mine in Western Australia says the government has no idea what the potential mine is for.
The Premier of Western Australia has confirmed the mine could be built in the state’s western region.
“The Department of Industry and Mines has no indication it will be for any commercial purpose, or at all,” Mr Morrison said in a statement on Friday.
Mr Morrison says the mine is in the “best interests” of the region.
But local landowners have welcomed the development.
“This is an excellent opportunity to create jobs in the community, and it’s going to be a good investment in the future of the community,” Landowner Bob Broughton said.
Local politicians have expressed concerns about the project, which is being built in a remote area and will not be in the main town of Blacktown.
State government’s mining inquiry hears from industry and mining expertsThe state’s mining commissioner has said it will need to consult the Government over the potential benefits of the mine.