There appears to be a push coming from the liberal government to establish a city in the Pilbara.
At the opening of the Zone Conference in Perth at the University of Western Australia, Premier Colin Barnett commented that it would be unacceptable not to develop the north west of the state.
It seems that big corporates like BHP & Rio Tinto are keen to have services closer to all their mining action. The state government is chasing the federal government for a prepayment to kick start the project.
Ken Perry, managing director of Brandrill Ltd has prepared a discussion paper on the matter suggesting that there should be plans put in place to develop a city to be home for 1 million people.
The deputy managing director of CITC Pacific said that his company is building a giant desalination plant capable of producing 51 gigalitres is expected to produce 25% excess water. This excess water will be available to any major human population that emerges in the area.