Geraldton Port will be redesigned for the future through a new planning process, mapping out is role for the next 30 years.
The process will plan the port’s role and infrastructure needs up to 2050 under the Port Master Plan, beginning with a public survey launched by the State Government.
“We want to identify future opportunities for the Port of Geraldton, including looking at where new local jobs can be created through different industries,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
The project will consider the future layout of the port and its infrastructure requirements, community interaction issues and identify operational requirements to meet the future needs of the port users.
It will also help regional and local planning groups as well as transport providers to prepare and revise development strategies, defence and border protection agencies to identify opportunities at the port and port, employees and communities to understand port development.
Geraldton Port’s future will be considered through wide ranging consultation with community stakeholders.
The plan is expected to be completed during the first half of 2019.
Mrs Saffioti said consultation will be vital to the project.
“Engaging with the different industries and communities is integral to maximising job opportunities, and that’s why we are starting the master planning with a consultation process,” she said.
“Stakeholder and community feedback is critical for this project to ensure their views are considered from the early stages of the project.”
Mid West Ports chairman John Elkington said the plan will focus on “business development and on maximising the growth potential” of the port.
“During 2017 the Board and executive of Mid West Ports have focused on planning initiatives to sustain both a high performing organisation and the strategic importance of Mid West Port in promoting State and national interests,” he said.
“The new master plan will support the future implementation of these strategic initiatives.”