Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

Comment open on WA’s Westport Strategy

Larger ships soon could be calling at Geraldton in WA
Larger ships soon could be calling at Geraldton in WA

THE Western Australia government is asking for feedback on its plan to develop the Outer Harbour in Kwinana to meet Perth’s future freight, trade, logistics, cruise and defence needs.

The Westport Taskforce today released Westport: Preparing for the Strategy – the state government’s first discussion paper towards delivering the Outer Harbour.

WA transport minister Rita Saffioti said the aim is to deliver a real and committed plan to help secure the freight future of WA.

“The Westport Taskforce will consider a range of aspects in preparing its strategy, including the environmental, economic and social impacts of developing a new port,” she said.

“It’s important that we capture the views, knowledge and skills of interested parties early in the process to achieve the best outcomes for the Westport Strategy.”

Westport chairperson Nicole Lockwood said consultation and continuous communication would be integral to the development of the Westport Strategy.

“In this initial phase of engagement, we are inviting input on our proposed process for developing the Westport Strategy, and whether we have identified all the key factors necessary for answering key policy questions on the location, size, operating model and timing for future port facilities,” she said.

 “We want to be sure that we are considering every aspect in developing advice to government and the feedback we receive will help us ensure we know what is important to stakeholders and the community on this topic.”

The report can be found here, and comment is open until 31 January.

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