Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    New common-use infrastructure for Port Hedland

    30/07/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Lumsden Point preferred location of Pilbara Maritime Common Use Facility
    • Co-location of infrastructure and related service industries to keep work in WA
    • Feasibility studies funded through Royalties for Regions
    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today announced Lumsden Point, Port Hedland had been selected as the location for the proposed Pilbara Maritime Common Use Facility (PMCUF).

    The PMCUF would be designed to provide access to common-use infrastructure such as laydown areas; a ship lift; slipway; and loading facilities for industry, including the housing, defence, paramilitary, marine and resources sectors. 

    Mr O’Brien said factors such as timing and cost were major considerations in selecting the site for the proposed facility. 

    “Industry is keen for infrastructure of this type in the north of the State to enable them to take advantage of the economic opportunities in and around the Pilbara area,” Mr O’Brien said. 

    “Lumsden Point is primed and ready to house both the infrastructure and related service industries needed for Western Australian-based businesses to compete for work packages flowing from the State's major project proponents.

    “Apart from the Australian Marine Complex south of Perth, there is no other common-use infrastructure of this type in Western Australia. A PMCUF will help to fill a much needed gap and ensure work stays in WA - creating jobs and insulating Pilbara’s economy.

    “Chair of the PMCUF steering committee Richard Muirhead and the project team will continue to meet with all relevant stakeholders to progress this exciting project.” 

    Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the next 14 months were critical to the project’s development.

    “Four feasibility studies, funded with $5million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, are currently under way,” Mr Grylls said.

    “The studies will identify the front-end engineering and design; market demand; economic and industry diversification; and financial viability of the project. This data will form the basis of a business case that will go to Cabinet to determine the next phase of the project.”

          Fact File
    • PMCUF complements the Liberal-National Govt’s Local Industry Participation Framework and the Pilbara Cities Vision
    • Project being administered by Department of Commerce with support from Department of Regional Development and Lands
    • For more information on the PMCUF, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/PMCUF
    Commerce Minister’s office - 6552 5800
    Regional Development and Lands Minister’s office - 6552 5500