Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Westport information sessions open to the community

    25/06/2018 11:30 AM
    • Community information sessions regarding the future Outer Harbour start in July
    • Team of experts to discuss a variety of port planning considerations
    • Part of the McGowan Government's long-term alternative to the flawed Perth Freight Link project 

    A series of community information sessions will take place throughout July, giving community members an opportunity to learn more about the Westport Strategy.


    The six interactive sessions will be held in Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, where community members can drop in to find out more about the land use, transport, environmental and economic issues being considered in the development of the strategy.


    The sessions will build on previous feedback provided by the community, which is summarised in the consultation report 'Westport: What you have told us'.


    All feedback received at the sessions will be used to inform the next discussion paper, which will be released for comment later this year.


    Once complete, the Westport Strategy will fulfil an election commitment to plan solutions for port and freight related transport issues in Western Australia to meet the needs and expectations of the community and industry into the future.


    Details of the location and timing for each information session are available on the Department of Transport's website at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/westport


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The information sessions are a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the Westport Strategy and to hear first-hand from the people tasked with delivering it.


    "The State's future freight network is a topic that indirectly impacts all Western Australians and it is therefore important that there are a number of opportunities for people to get involved in the planning process.


    "While everyone has different views, opinions and experiences, the strong community interest to date reflects the importance of getting this planning right.


    "These sessions will be the first of many planned as the project progresses."


    Comments attributed to Westport chairperson Nicole Lockwood:


    "We are pleased with the level of participation from stakeholders to date however we want to offer other groups and individuals in our community an opportunity to learn more about the strategy and to have their say on the freight future of this State.


    "The community is invited to drop in at any time during the sessions to speak with members of the Westport project team, have their questions answered and provide feedback.


    "I would also encourage anyone wanting to stay up-to-date with the latest project news to subscribe to the mailing list on the Westport page of the Department of Transport's website."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500