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Question Without Notice No. 885 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 August 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 21 August 2019

WESTPORT TASKFORCE — KWINANA PORT

885. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Ports:

I refer to the latest Westport Taskforce report that identifies a land-backed port in Cockburn Sound as the number one option.

(1) Have any indicative capital costs been prepared for option 1?

(2) If yes, what is the indicative capital cost of a new port broken down into —

(a) the land-backed port;

(b) rail upgrades;

(c) road upgrades; and

(d) any other costs?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1)–(2) As outlined in the ''Westport Beacon'', issue 8, the high-level cost estimate for the new port at the outer harbour and associated supply chain upgrades is approximately $4 billion. This figure is a preliminary working estimate based on the information available to the Westport Taskforce at the time of the first multi-criteria analysis.

The Westport Taskforce will be undertaking more detailed cost analysis during the next stage of the project, with cost breakdowns to be provided as part of its stage 2 outcomes report to government in early 2020.