Proposals previously assessed

Cape Hardy Iron Road deep-sea port

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The proposal

The proposal by Iron Road Limited is for a multi-billion dollar deep-sea port development at Cape Hardy. The port and associated infrastructure, which includes a 150 kilometre rail line, would service significant iron ore deposits located near the town of Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula.

The proposed development has three interrelated components:

  • a deep sea water port, located about seven kilometres south of Port Neill, which would be capable of loading various bulk size carriers, including Capesize vessels, and exporting 30 million tonnes of iron ore and other products per year
  • a 150 kilometre infrastructure corridor, comprising a power transmission line, sea water supply pipeline and standard gauge rail line, to enable the transfer of products from the mine site to the port
  • a village to accommodate the longer term operational workforce for the mine - some 550 personnel - and related infrastructure, to be constructed in the township of Wudinna.

Assessment stages and documentation

Stage of assessment process Date Documentation
Declaration as major development 15 August 2013 See notice in Government Gazette
Amendment to the declaration as major project 29 May 2014 See Amendment to Declaration (2.2 MB PDF)
Release of guidelines by Development Assessment Commission with level of assessment determined 13 November 2014 Guidelines - Cape Hardy Deep Sea Port (740.4 KB PDF)

Public Notice 13 November 2014 (34.1 KB PDF)
Release of EIS for public Comment  19 November and 3 December 2015 Public Notice (38.4 KB PDF)   

Release of assessment document by proponent for public comment  - 19 November 2015


Public comments on EIS March 2016 Available at Central Eyre Iron Project website
Iron Road Response Document October 2016Available at Central Eyre Iron Project website
Assessment Report by Minister May 2017Assessment Report (2.5 MB PDF)
Decision by GovernorMay 2017See notice on page 1146 of Government Gazette dated 3 May 2017

Related information

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Proposals currently being assessed
How major development proposals are assessed


Planning Contacts - Major Developments

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