Dredging Completed At Port Of Broome For Increased Docking Capacity

Dredging Completed At Port Of Broome For Increased Docking Capacity

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

A Promising Tourism Boon For Broome

Victor P Taffa

  • Broome visitation starts to ramp up as McGowan Government continues to drive job-creating and economy boosting initiatives
  • Election commitment to dredge the Port of Broome delivered ahead of cruise season
  • Dredging now complete and enables round-the-clock access for cruise ships including 21 scheduled calls for Broome, 11 of which as a result of the dredging
  • $11.95 Million to get Stage 2 Broome Chinatown Revitalisation program underway

Dredging at the Port of Broome was completed this week in time for the 2019-20 cruise season, which is expected to welcome 21 ships.

11 of these ships are coming as a result of the dredging, including 3 calls by Vasco da Gama as part of its maiden home ported season in Fremantle.

“We set out a clear, comprehensive and responsible Plan for the Kimberley to diversify the economy and create jobs, and we’re getting on with delivering just that.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“We have committed to support job creation in the Kimberley and grow the local economy, and that’s why significant investments such as the Stage 2 Chinatown development will help get people into Broome and into cafés, restaurants, bars and retail stores.”

Removal of rock mass will enable better access for cruise ships at all tides, eliminating some of the challenges cruise lines face when deciding on destinations.

Major cruise lines will be able to stay longer in port and visitors will be able to enjoy more time ashore discovering the Kimberley region’s many attractions. This presents a boost for the local tourism industry as cruise ship guests spend their money supporting local businesses from cafés, restaurants, retail shops to tour operators.

$15.3 Million channel optimisation program, a key election commitment to create local jobs and boost the local economy, was a deciding factor which resulted in Carnival Australia homeporting its Sun Princess superliner for the 2019-20 cruise season.

On the mainland, work has progressed on the sealing of the last red dirt section of the Broome-Cape Leveque Road which is expected to further open up Broome and the surrounding region to more tourism opportunities.

“Dredging at the port has long been an issue for our region and I’m pleased the McGowan Government has delivered on its commitment to fix it.” Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer said.

“Sustained investment in the Kimberley region by the State Government shows the importance of our region and our contribution to the Western Australian economy through tourism, primary industries, minerals and energy.”

McGowan Government continues to implement a whole range of job-creating and economy boosting initiatives in the Kimberley including:

  • Newly funded Stage 2 Broome Chinatown Revitalisation program which features 10-sub-projects, tourism campaigns that promote Kimberley region attractions, major upgrades to roads and schools,
  • Continuation of the Aboriginal Rangers Program in the Kimberley to provide jobs looking after State parks and protected areas.