Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Industry briefing to kick start next phase of Westport project

    17/08/2021 2:30 PM
     
    • Westport market briefing held to start outlining opportunities for industry 
    • McGowan Government planning for a new port in Kwinana, progressing long-term solutions for Perth's freight needs
    • Planning, design and analysis expertise sought to progress future container port and trade network in Kwinana 

    Industry representatives attended a market briefing today to learn about future opportunities to be involved in delivering Westport, ahead of tenders being issued to help prepare the program's business case.

     

    As one of Australia's most complex infrastructure projects, Westport will help unlock Western Australia's economic growth, support local jobs and opportunities in the southern suburbs and the evolution of Fremantle.

     

    Planning, design, environmental and analysis experts are required to assist in undertaking the commercial and economic, landside and portside logistics and environment and social streams of work to complete a business case on the project for the State Government to consider.

     

    The Westport business case will identify design options for the new port and transport corridors that are sustainable and meet operational requirements, potential land requirements; and when and how the new infrastructure should be delivered.

     

    As part of the market briefing, Westport released its roadmap for this transformational project.

     

    Developing a new container port in Cockburn Sound's industrial area was first identified in the 1955 Stephenson-Hepburn Report, and confirmed by the WA Government in 2020 after an independent and comprehensive comparison of a number of potential options.

     

    Over the coming months a number of tenders and contracts for will be released to market via TendersWA.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport and Ports Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "Today's industry briefing is a key step in making the Westport program a reality.

     

    "We have already allocated $25 million towards planning for a new freight corridor between Anketell Road and Thomas Road, and the next step in the program is to open tenders for the completion of a business case for the project. 

     

    "Planning for a new port is extremely complex, and that is why we want to partner with businesses that can bring world-class knowledge to the project.

     

    "This briefing will enable businesses to get a better understanding of the Westport program and how they can be part of the infrastructure plan for Perth's future."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5500