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Snapshot in Time: Lifting of export embargo paved way for opening of Berth No. 4 at Geraldton Port

Lorin CoxGeraldton Guardian
The Premier of Western Australia, David Brand, on stage during the official opening of No. 4 Berth in Geraldton.
Camera IconThe Premier of Western Australia, David Brand, on stage during the official opening of No. 4 Berth in Geraldton. Credit: Courtesy of Geoff Wallace

The year 1966 saw the opening of a much-needed fourth berth in Geraldton for the purpose of further expansion of iron ore export.

Not long prior, during the 1950s, iron ore export was experiencing a very uncertain future as the Government enforced an export embargo.

Had this remained in place for an extended period of time, progress in this space could have been severely delayed. As it was, the embargo was lifted and the government backed the development of the Geraldton Harbour culminating in the opening of the No. 4 Berth on March 15, 1966.

There was a little controversy around the ceremony with Mayor C.S. Eadon-Clarke, the official first citizen of the town, noticeably absent from those invited to speak.

An article published the day following outlined the direct involvement of the Mayor with the iron ore export project and harbour extensions. It also noted that for over a decade prior, the export of iron ore deposits was actively canvassed in civic circles. A speech was, however, made by Premier of Western Australia, David Brand, to acknowledge such a historic occasion.

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