THE WA Government has called for community feedback on its long-term Outer Harbour plan for Perth's future freight, trade, logistics, cruise shipping and defence needs, following the release of the 'Westport: Preparing for the Strategy' discussion paper.
In releasing its first discussion paper, the Westport Taskforce is inviting stakeholders to join the conversation on key factors that need to be investigated in the development of the Westport Strategy.
The taskforce is also seeking to capture any relevant existing information or work undertaken as part of previous studies. This will help build its evidence base which will inform where additional technical investigations are required.
Westport chairperson Nicole Lockwood said consultation and continuous communication will be integral to the development of the Westport Strategy.
"In this initial phase of engagement, we are inviting input on our proposed process for developing the Westport Strategy, and whether we have identified all the key factors necessary for answering key policy questions on the location, size, operating model and timing for future port facilities," Ms Lockwood said.
"We want to be sure that we are considering every aspect in developing advice to Government and the feedback we receive will help us ensure we know what is important to stakeholders and the community on this topic."
A consultation summary is due to be made available at the end of February 2018, which will summarise the comments received and outline the updated Westport methodology.
Feedback on the discussion paper can be submitted until 31 January 2018. More information is available from the Department of Transport website at <https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/projects/westport-port-and-environs-strategy.asp>.