15 November 2017
Planning for a new Outer Harbour, a key election commitment of the McGowan Government, has gained momentum after Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands, Rita Saffioti, and newly appointed Westport Taskforce Chair Nicole Lockwood briefed a wide range of local governments during a forum held in Kwinana earlier today.
Presentations were also provided by executives from the Peel Development Commission, South West Group, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council and South West Development Commission.
Nicole Lockwood, Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, provided an overview of the project’s approach and highlighted the privilege of having an opportunity to provide advice to government with an authentic link to community needs.
“The Westport Strategy will look at the future of the Port of Fremantle at the Inner and Outer harbours, the required rail and road networks, and the potential for the Port of Bunbury to contribute to handling the growing trade task,” Ms Lockwood said.
“It was encouraging to see the collaboration and positivity of those involved in today’s forum, and their willingness to engage with the process.
“Our future sustainability is related to a very large extent on the support of the local and wider WA community, and local government input will help us to build consensus on the key factors we need to consider in preparing our advice,” she said.
“I look forward to our continued involvement together as the project progresses.”
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said local governments would have great influence on the project moving forward.
“The forum saw robust discussion from many councils across WA — metropolitan and rural — about how we move forward promptly, but also sensibly,” Mayor Adams said.
“There was a clear appetite to see planning progress in a collaborative way, and I am sure my fellow mayors would agree it is encouraging to see local government engaged early and sincerely.”