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The North West Iron Ore Alliance's (NWIOA) hopes of accessing the rail lines of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have received a boost after the Premier met the two companies on Tuesday.
Colin Barnett met BHP's Marius Kloppers and Rio's Tom Albanese to discuss the proposed merger of the Pilbara iron ore operations.
Mr Barnett wants the companies to pay full royalties and allow third party access to their rail lines.
NWIOA's Ian Campbell says he thinks the Premier's requirements are reasonable.
"BHP have had the benefit of subsidised royalties for many years and that's helped them pay for a railway," he said.
"We would like to cooperate with BHP so that we maximise the benefit of the rail.
"We think it's an incredibly important thing and with the Premier's support this can become a reality within the next few months."
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