Saturday 23rd Jun, 2018

Floating wharf in the north, as Broome looks to sweep new markets

Photo: Kimberley Ports Authority
Photo: Kimberley Ports Authority

KIMBERLEY Ports Authority recently announced it had reached a non-binding agreement to develop a business case for a roughly $100m investment in new marine and tourism infrastructure at the Port of Broome.

Kimberley Marine Support Base (KMSB) is a private developer that has plans to build a new floating wharf and associated onshore infrastructure.

The floating wharf would help cruise ships access Broome during extreme low tides, which impede smaller ships from being able to transfer passengers.

There are also potential plans to install new heavy-lift equipment, which would expand the Port’s capacity to handle more oil and gas equipment.

KPA CEO Kevin Schellack said KMSB would have until early 2019 to build the business case for review by KPA and the state government.

If viable, the port authority would enter into a lease with the company and approvals would be sought to develop the land and sea bed as required.

Mr Schellack said the investment aligned with KPA’s master plan for the Port of Broome.

“KPA is very aware of the billions of dollars of investment happening off the Kimberley coast by oil and gas operators,” he said.

“We are encouraged by this opportunity to capture more of the on-shore benefits from this activity while also providing greater opportunities for cruise ship access into Broome.”

KPA will be working with Department of Transport and Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation to develop the strategic benefits of the proposal with KMSB.

The proponent will be responsible for the full range of engineering, environmental and heritage approvals.

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