- Master planning for Port of Esperance gets underway to drive future economic development and jobs in the region
- Important issues survey released to gauge community and stakeholder feedback
- Port Master Plan to consider infrastructure and land use issues for the next 30 years
Master planning to chart the Esperance Port's development and infrastructure needs over the next 30 years has kicked off today, with the release of a public survey.
The McGowan Government is committed to driving economic development and local jobs in Esperance and the broader region, with the Port Master Plan to help drive investment confidence in the Port of Esperance.
The Port Master Plan will take a long-term view of the port's planning and infrastructure requirements up to 2050.
The project will examine future land uses within the port, focusing on:
- safety and security issues;
- potential port impacts;
- infrastructure demands;
- existing and potential trade drivers;
- environmental and community values; and
- operational requirements to meet current and emerging trade opportunities.
The master planning process will include consultation with the community and stakeholder groups - including the 'Important Issues Master Planning Survey', which can be accessed from Southern Ports' website until midnight September 25, 2020.
The Port Master Plan is expected to be completed during the first half of 2021.
Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Esperance Port is a critical driver for the Goldfields-Esperance economy, and a major employer in the town of Esperance.
"There is plenty of product in the hinterland that can drive the economy for many decades.
"Master planning will add significant value for Esperance Port's customers, the community and the wider regional economy, and Southern Ports will be seeking input from their stakeholders to help shape the plan.
"We encourage the local community to get involved in the development of the plan, which will help to shape Esperance Port's future for the next 30 years."
Minister's office - 6552 6200