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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1039 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 September 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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DUST MANAGEMENT — PORT HEDLAND

1039. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the recent appointment of Mr Ross Love as lead consultant on the proposed voluntary buyback scheme in Port Hedland's West End.

(1) What is the anticipated total cost of engaging this consultant?

(2) Please provide an outline of their anticipated travel schedule and travel costs.

(3) When is the consultant's report due?

(4) Will the minister outline further details of the consultation process and will the possible impact of dust in relation to the Spoilbank marina be a part of the consultant's remit?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. I am sure the member shares my enthusiasm for the appointment of Mr Ross Love to solve this very difficult problem that has been left unattended for many years in Port Hedland.

(1) The anticipated total cost will be $45 900 including GST.

(2) Four visits to Port Hedland, at a cost of approximately $6 000.

(3) It is due by the end of the calendar year.

(4) Mr Love has hit the ground running and has already visited Port Hedland this week and met with the local progress association, attended a Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia breakfast with over 50 attendees, and has met with the town commissioner and the Pilbara Development Commission board. I can also add that he has met with the chairman of the Pilbara Ports Authority. Mr Love plans to hold three community consultation workshops and will meet with the community, business, government and resource sectors as required. Mr Love has no direct role in the development of the Spoilbank marina, which is being led by the Pilbara Development Commission.