WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston has taken a swipe at the Federal Government for not contributing to infrastructure at Port Hedland, which he said contributed 3 per cent to Australia’s GDP.

Mr Johnston said the Federal Government had “not contributed one cent” to Port Hedland’s development, despite its importance to the national economy as Australia’s and the world’s biggest bulk export port.

“Imagine how we could improve the opportunities here in WA if we could gain that additional partnership to support our economic infrastructure development in WA, not just for the benefit of the industry, of course that’s important, not just for the benefit of West Australians, that’s important too, but for the benefit of the whole of the nation,” he said.

“So we look forward to working with industry, working with AMEC and hopefully working a bit more with the Federal Government to achieve even more for the resources industry here in Western Australia.”

Image: Bill Johnston. Picture: The West Australian.