Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Bunbury City Council on Tuesday agreed to advise the Westport Taskforce it formally supports an expansion of current operations at the Bunbury Port as a solution to the State’s growing freight needs.
The CEO will now prepare a letter of support to the Chairperson of the Westport Taskforce, Ms Nicole Lockwood, advising of the City’s commitment.
City Council also agreed to address the South West zone of Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) and others to seek support for the Bunbury Port playing a bigger role in freight operations.
This statement of support follows an update by the Taskforce held in Bunbury on Thursday, outlining the current status of the project, ahead of its formal recommendations later this year.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan reiterated that a positive recommendation from the Westport Taskforce would be a great outcome for Bunbury.
“The Bunbury Port is an important economic driver for the region, amassing a record 16.9 million tonnes last year with plenty of room to grow,” Mayor Brennan said.
“Bunbury has 400 hectares of available land, existing infrastructure and access to labour.
“In the short term the Bunbury Port can accommodate RORO (roll-on, roll-off) car imports and processing within 6 months at minimal cost.
“We are in a perfect position to assist the state with its future freight requirements and the opportunities this will present Bunbury with for business, innovation and employment are exciting.”
The Westport Strategy is an integrated plan that will provide guidance to the Government on the planning, development and growth of the State’s freight needs for the next 50 years and beyond.
This includes assessing the potential for Bunbury Port to contribute to the handling of the State’s growing trade sector as well as the Inner Harbour at Fremantle, the Outer Harbour at Kwinana and the required rail and road networks.
Since 2017, the Westport Taskforce has been collaborating with industry, government, business and community organisations to develop the Westport Strategy based on relevant data and extensive consultation.
The Taskforce’s recommendations are due to be presented to the State Government by the end of 2019.