The Westport Taskforce was established by the Minister for Transport; Planning and Lands in September 2017. The cross-agency project team is led by an Independent Chair, Nicole Lockwood, and governed by a Steering Committee comprising of six Directors General, and the Chairmen of Fremantle Ports and the Western Australian Planning Commission.
The Westport: Port and Environs Strategy will aim to provide long-term certainty for investors, communities and industry. It will determine the best locations for trade among the Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury ports, along with the required road/rail networks and intermodal terminals. It will also assess whether current infrastructure can be improved or enhanced, or whether new infrastructure is required.
A key focus for Westport is understanding the existing land use planning context and what needs to change to accommodate new port and freight facilities. Westport is also assessing economic development opportunities, including land, industry growth and jobs that could be unlocked as a result.
The Western Australian Planning Commission and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are playing a key role in this planning, and will be critical to delivering a final Westport Strategy that provides a trade and freight future aligned with Government objectives and planning frameworks for the State.
To find out more about Westport, please visit mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport and register for the project updates.
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