KIMBERLEY Ports Authority has engaged a port planning consultant to develop master plans for the ports of Broome, Derby, Wyndham and Yampi Sound.

Kimberley Ports awarded the contract to Black Quay Consulting, which intends to assess and develop “strategic visionary roadmaps” for the regional ports.

The consultancy firm is preparing to commence stakeholder engagement on behalf of Kimberley Ports as part of the process.

The ports authority said the Kimberley region is home to mining, energy, agriculture and aquaculture industries, and its ports are vital gateways for trade.

“The master plan will help secure the future of the ports and ensure that they remain fit for purpose to meet community demand into the long term,” Kimberley Ports CEO Luke Westlake said.

“The planning project will include extensive external stakeholder engagement across the Kimberley and will commence shortly, and work on the project is expected to continue throughout 2024.”

Black Quay has also previously worked with Port of Townsville, Port of Melbourne, TasPorts, Flinders Ports and the WA Department of Transport.