Mulga Downs Hub and Rail Spur

Closed 24 Jan 2023

Opened 18 Jan 2023


The Mulga Downs Hub and Rail Spur (the Proposal) is located approximately 210 km south of Port Hedland and 180 km northwest of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Proposal is for the development of a hub and rail spur to connect into the existing Roy Hill Railway for the transport of iron ore to Port Hedland.   

The Proposal includes truck unloading and train loading facilities, product rehandling facilities, stockyards, a laboratory, a rail loop and rail service tracks, lateral access roads, rail associated infrastructure including a rail spur line, passing loops, sidings, fibre optic cable, telecommunications towers, access tracks, borrow pits and laydown areas.  Additionally, the Proposal will contain bulk fuel storage and fuelling facility, energy supply infrastructure, ancillary buildings, wastewater treatment plant, accommodation village and an airstrip.  Included are access roads for haul, construction, and light vehicles. Construction and operations of water supply/bores and water storage will also be required.  

The Proposal is located within a Development Envelope no greater than 17,714.01 ha and will require clearing of no more than 2,304.74 ha of native vegetation.

Why your views matter

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals