Consultants have been appointed to carry out a trade strategy study for the port of Albany.
The move follows approaches from local MLC Bob Thomas and a recommendation of the Albany study steering committee to Transport Minister Pam Beggs.
Mrs Beggs today said Thompson Clarke Shipping of Melbourne and Mr Ron Robertson of Balingup had been commissioned to undertake the work.
Thompson Clarke Shipping was a highly reputed transport consultancy group with international shipping connections. Mr Robertson had been appointed because of his comprehensive knowledge of land transport. He also would ensure there was a local perspective within the study team.
Mrs Beggs said the study was due to run for three months, but a discussion paper would be released sometime in August. This paper would form the basis of a public forum to be held in Albany.
She congratulated Bob Thomas on his efforts in initiating the study.
"Mr Thomas was concerned that the port's narrow trade base meant it was vulnerable to market fluctuations and changing seasons," she said.
"It therefore was necessary to develop a trade strategy to address this situation and to carry the port well into the next century."