Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Opportunity to shape the approach to plan for Outer Harbour

    14/12/2017 4:15 PM
    • ​Westport: Preparing for the Strategy discussion paper released for public comment
    • Comment period open until January 31, 2018
    • Feedback received will shape the approach taken to develop the Westport Strategy

    The McGowan Government is seeking community feedback on its long-term Outer Harbour plan for Perth's future freight, trade, logistics, cruise shipping and defence needs.


    The Westport Taskforce today released Westport: Preparing for the Strategy - the State Government's first discussion paper towards delivering its Outer Harbour vision.


    In releasing its first discussion paper, the taskforce is inviting stakeholders to join the conversation on key factors that need to be investigated in the development of the Westport Strategy.


    The taskforce is also seeking to capture any relevant existing information or work undertaken as part of previous studies.  This will help build its evidence base which will inform where additional technical investigations are required.


    Stakeholders and the community can get involved in the process by reading the discussion paper, completing the feedback survey and registering for project updates.


    Feedback on the discussion paper will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday January 31, 2018 and can be submitted by visiting http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/westport


    A consultation summary will be made available at the end of February 2018. It will summarise the comments received and outline the updated Westport methodology.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "We are making sure we have the right people and structures in place to deliver a real and committed plan to help secure the freight future of this State.


    "Many people are interested in the planning and development of the new port, and we are interested in hearing their views.


    "The Westport Taskforce will consider a range of aspects in preparing its strategy, including the environmental, economic and social impacts of developing a new port.


    "It's important that we capture the views, knowledge and skills of interested parties early in the process to achieve the best outcomes for the Westport Strategy."


    Comments attributed to Westport chairperson Nicole Lockwood:


    "Consultation and continuous communication will be integral to the development of the Westport Strategy and I have already met with a number of stakeholders who are passionate about getting this planning right.


    "In this initial phase of engagement, we are inviting input on our proposed process for developing the Westport Strategy, and whether we have identified all the key factors necessary for answering key policy questions on the location, size, operating model and timing for future port facilities.


    "We will consider any existing work provided to us, and undertake technical investigations where there are gaps in our knowledge.


    "We want to be sure that we are considering every aspect in developing advice to Government and the feedback we receive will help us ensure we know what is important to stakeholders and the community on this topic."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500