Government addresses harbour funding

Gareth McKnightSound Telegraph
An artists impression of what the proposed outer harbour at Kwinana would look like.
Camera IconAn artists impression of what the proposed outer harbour at Kwinana would look like. Credit: Southern Corridor Alliance

The State Government’s commitment to a Kwinana outer harbour is “rock solid”, despite only $6 million being allocated to the project’s planning in last week’s Budget – considerably less than the $20 million initially promised.

Premier Mark McGowan was vocal of the merits of a port in the Cockburn Sound in Opposition and promised $20 million towards getting the project started if elected.

However, the Telegraph can reveal that $1.5 million was included in the Budget for outer harbour planning in the 2017-18 financial year, with a further $4.5 million committed over the course of the Government’s four-year term.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti is expected to reveal more information on the project and the potential taskforce to lead the planning process at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event tomorrow.

She said the Government remained committed to an outer harbour in Kwinana.

“Our commitment to this project is rock solid,” Ms Saffioti told the Telegraph.

“We’ve allocated an initial $6 million dollars in last week’s Budget so that significant further planning work can start, building on existing technical planning.

“We will be using a combination of additional funds and internal resources to get the planning work done. Any further funding required will be considered as part of future Budget processes.”

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