Ex­mouth port push

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia is push­ing for a deep­wa­ter port to be built in Ex­mouth as the town in­ves­ti­gates how to boost marine fa­cil­i­ties for cruise ships and the oil and gas in­dus­try.

Roy­al­ties for Re­gions has com­mit­ted $300,000 to the project to help de­ter­mine the best op­tion.

One op­tion is a float­ing deck sim­i­lar to the one in Dampier, but Mr Cata­nia said he be­lieved a per­ma­nent deep­wa­ter port would be the best op­tion.

“If we are able to put the $30 to $40 mil­lion needed to build a float­ing pon­toon into a per­ma­nent port I think we can cou­ple up with in­dus­try to get a bet­ter out­come for the fu­ture,” he said. Mr Cata­nia said in­dus­try in Ex­mouth had in­di­cated it would be will­ing to con­trib­ute to mak­ing the port a re­al­ity.

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