Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
PortLink Steering Committee In Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Victor P Taffa
- Planning begins for $7 M PortLink project
- $5 M in Royalties for Regions funding for initial planning
Planning studies and detailed investigations for the PortLink inland freight development concept are under way, with the PortLink Steering Committee visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder today.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the concept had the potential to link Western Australia’s resource-rich regions of the Mid-West, Pilbara and Yilgarn to Perth and the Eastern States’ transport corridors through an alternative intermodal freight logistics hub at Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“Importantly, the development of a new freight hub will create a more efficient freight network to attract more business and open up new markets.” Mr. Grylls said.
While in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the interagency committee, comprising representatives from seven agencies, will visit the potential project sites and meet with the city council and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Minister said he had discussed with Transport Minister Troy Buswell about the long-awaited project, which would contribute significantly to improving economic development and employment opportunities in the regions.
“The steering committee will be progressing detailed feasibility studies, looking into market demand, economic benefit, project design, land needs and financial viability.” Mr. Grylls said.
The seven-member committee will guide and oversee the project from its preliminary stages, while strongly supporting planning and co-ordination across government. The committee reports directly to the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Regional Development.
- PortLink’s major objective to introduce alternative options and greater competition to Perth as the central distribution point for interstate freight
- First phase involves planning and feasibility studies for an intermodal terminal and a bypass road and rail realignment around Kalgoorlie-Boulder; planning and engineering design for a sealed road link between Wiluna and Meekatharra; and economic modelling for the PortLink concept
- State Government’s Royalties for Regions program administered by Department of Regional Development and Lands