West­port Task­force car­ries vi­sion

MULTI-AGENCY GROUP TO PLAN HAR­BOUR DE­VEL­OP­MENT

Kwinana Courier - - News - Vanessa Sch­mitt

THE City of Kwinana has wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of a new West­port Task­force to plan the Kwinana Port.

The multi-agency West­port Task­force will out­line a lon­grange vi­sion to guide the plan­ning, de­vel­op­ment and growth of both the In­ner Har­bour at Fre­man­tle and the fu­ture Outer Har­bour at Kwinana.

It fea­tures a team of ex­perts from key gov­ern­ment agen­cies re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning, trans­port, en­vi­ron­ment, jobs and fi­nances.

To­gether, they will de­velop an­swers to key pol­icy ques­tions sur­round­ing the lo­ca­tion, size, op­er­at­ing model and tim­ing for a fu­ture port.

The WA Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the for­mat of the task­force dur­ing the CEDA’s Fu­ture­proof­ing Perth’s Freight Net­work fo­rum.

The West­port Task­force will be re­spon­si­ble for ad­dress­ing a wide range of fac­tors as part of an in­te­grated strat­egy for the new Outer Har­bour, in­clud­ing land use, trans­port, en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, fi­nanc­ing and de­tailed port de­sign.

Mayor Carol Adams said the ap­point­ment of Ni­cole Lock­wood as chair­woman was the “per­fect de­ci­sion”.

“Ni­cole’s di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence tra­verses some of the most com­plex and multi-dis­ci­plinary sec­tors in our state, mak­ing her one of the most sought-af­ter ex­perts in a myr­iad of fields and the per­fect per­son to lead this tremen­dously im­por­tant project,” she said.

The task­force an­nounce­ment came just days af­ter the South West Group – chaired by Cr Adams and rep­re­sent­ing the coun­cils of Kwinana, Cock­burn, Fre­man­tle, Rock­ing­ham, Melville and East Fre­man­tle – unan­i­mously voted to sup­port its mis­sion to make the Outer Har­bour a re­al­ity.

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