14["Pilbarra Railway Route", The West Australian, Saturday 31 March 1906, page 8]

REPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT.

STARTING POINT.

PORT HEDLAND RECOMMENDED.

"GREAT MINERAL WEALTH."

HARDSHIPS AND INCONVENIENCES.

The Parliamentary Party which recently visited the Pilbarra district to inspect the country to be served by the proposed railway to Nullagine have forwarded the following report to the Government:--

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Arriving at Port Hedland on the morning of January 24, we were afforded an excellent opportunity of viewing the Port at high tide, and in the afternoon of the same day inspected the place when the tide was low. The harbour appealed to us as being a secure one, and possessed of many advantages. There are, however, two bars, known respectively as the inner and the outer. The objection to the inner bar does not arise from the shallowness of water, but, on account of the difficulty to navigators in negotiating a sharp turn, and its removal, if necessary, could be accomplished at a small cost, while the outer, being a tidal one, does not seriously affect the shipping.

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After meeting and considering the claims advanced by parties of the two routes, and comparing notes on individual observation taken on the trip, and weighing the statistical information, we are unanimously of opinion that Port Hedland is the point from which the railway to Nullagine should start. The main factors in guiding us to this conclusion--the objectives being Marble Bar and Nullagine--are: (a) Shortness of distance by 100 miles, approximately. (b) An excellent supply of water for railway purposes. (c) Fewer engineering difficulties, and the lower cost of construction consequent upon the diminished distance, enables us to arrive at the conclusion already stated, without entering upon the question of the reliability or otherwise of the Point Sampson Jetty.

(Signed) W. B. GORDON, Chairman. March 28, 1906.