The Minerals Council of Australia's Uranium Forum congratulates WA Labor on its election win on Saturday night.

The uranium industry recognises Premier-elect McGowan’s commitment that ‘those mines that are approved to start construction will be allowed to start construction if WA Labor is elected’.

Since the ban on uranium mining in WA was lifted by the previous government, over $300 million has been invested in exploration and development, four mines have moved through comprehensive environmental assessment processes and achieved state government approval to proceed.

Although current global market conditions are challenging for new uranium projects anywhere, these projects are well placed to move through to construction and operations as market conditions improve.

These projects together could generate around 2000 jobs during construction and over 1400 on-going jobs in operations.

The uranium industry is confident that as WA uranium projects are developed and production comes on stream, the industry will show that it operates safely and responsibly in a manner which generates benefits for local communities and the state.  This has been the industry’s experience in South Australia and the Northern Territory where it operates with bipartisan support.

WA is highly prospective for uranium and the industry is confident that over time it can build bipartisan support for further developments beyond those already approved.  There is no doubt WA can have a world class uranium sector, as the global nuclear industry continues to expand.

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