EP councils support port on Lower EP

Eyre Peninsula councils will lobby for Cape hardy to be the location for the Labor Party’s promised multi-commodity deep-sea port in the Spencer Gulf.

At the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA) conference in Port Lincoln last week, the 11 member councils passed a motion supporting Cape Hardy as the most suitable location for the port.

Association president Sam Telfer said there had been a lot of discussion about the location.

“The EPLGA decided that for a multi-commodity port, Cape Hardy would be the most suitable location,” Mr Telfer said.

“There has been much discussion about the deep sea port but the approvals for the port at Cape Hardy have showed support.

“The RDA (Regional Development Australia) is also supportive of Cape Hardy.”

He also said the location was advantageous, particularly agriculturally.

“For a mining and agricultural port, Cape Hardy is more advantageous over a port in Whyalla, especially for agriculture.”

Iron Road’s community liaison officer Tim Scholz said the EPLGA’s decision was quite significant, particularly for the Central Eyre Iron Road Project.