Will Aldoga eventually happen?



DESPITE countless delays and years of speculation, a majority of locals believe the Aldoga aluminium smelter will come to fruition ? eventually.

However the confidence in the project could hardly be described as overwhelming.

A phone poll conducted by The Observer yesterday found that 55 per cent of the region's residents believed the project would eventually happen.

However of those who gave the long-awaited project the tick, most felt that it would still be a matter of years until it took shape.

Some nominated five years, giving Aldoga time to secure the 150 million tonnes of bauxite and to raise the capital it needs.

However, not everyone was as confident, with 45 per cent of those surveyed giving the project up for dead.

One resident called the project 'Al-dodgy', believing the constant delays had led to a loss in credibility and confidence.

Others commented on their frustration that the project was constantly being delayed, as they waited for the boost in the property market Aldoga would bring once completed.

Aldoga environment and external affairs general manager Bob Stephens said there was still no time frame for the smelter. Mr Stephens added little to the debate, stating their position remained the same as that printed in The Observer earlier this month.

At the time he said no further construction work would take place at Yarwun until the invest-ors completed a feasibility study on its exploration program in the Kimberleys in Western Australia and at Cape York.

Mr Stephens said the company was trying to secure the 150 million tonnes of bauxite required to secure the project's future.



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