City welcomes Westport Taskforce announcement

​12 September 2017

The City of Kwinana has applauded the WA Government on the announcement of the new Westport Taskforce, which will be chaired by one of the State’s most respected experts and which will be responsible for making the new Outer Harbour a reality.

The WA Government announced the format of the Taskforce earlier today during CEDA’s Future-proofing Perth’s Freight Network forum. 

The Westport Taskforce will be responsible for addressing a wide range of factors as part of an integrated strategy for the new Outer Harbour, including land use, transport, environmental management,  financing and of course detailed port design. 

Nicole Lockwood was named as Chair of the Taskforce by Minister for Transport; Planning; and Lands, Rita Saffioti.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, who was invited to attend the announcement, welcomed the news, saying the appointment of Nicole Lockwood as Chair was the ‘perfect decision’. 

“We’re thrilled that Nicole has been named as Chair of the Taskforce,” Mayor Adams said.

“Nicole’s diverse experience traverses some of the most complex and multi-disciplinary sectors in our State, making her one of the most sought after experts in a myriad of fields and the perfect person to lead this tremendously important project.”

In addition to running her own strategic advisory firm, Ms Lockwood is the Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council of WA and MNG Surveying and is the Deputy Chair of both Leadership WA and Pilbara for Purpose. She is also a Board Member of the Water Corporation, Tourism WA and Infrastructure Australia.

3D visualisation of how a future Outer Harbour could look

Today’s taskforce announcement comes just days after the South West Group — chaired by Mayor Adams and representing the councils of Kwinana, Cockburn, Fremantle, Rockingham, Melville and East Fremantle — unanimously voted to support the Taskforce in its mission to make the Outer Harbour a reality.

The City of Kwinana has been a major driver of the Outer Harbour, launching the Indian Ocean Gateway initiative in August 2015 and conducting hundreds of briefings on the proposal over the past two years.

“We applaud the WA Government for pushing ahead with its election commitment to undertake detailed planning for the Outer Harbour, which is destined to become the engine-room of the state economy over the next century,” Mayor Adams said.

“Clearly this government appreciates the enormous benefits an outer harbour will bring to Western Australia, including tens of thousands of jobs and billions in annual revenue.”

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