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Road investment points to major discovery by Rio

Rio Tinto has applied to build a road to connect its rumoured Winu copper discovery in the Paterson Province to the Great Northern Highway near the Western Australian coast.

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An aerial photo shows the camp at Winu in Western Australia's north

The company filed a miscellaneous licence application on November 22 for the road, which stretches several hundred kilometres inland to its exploration licence.

The application includes ...