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Question Without Notice No. 1000 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 October 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 18 October 2018

PILBARA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION — LIVE EXPORT

1000. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to work undertaken by the Pilbara Development Commission to assist government to increase live export opportunities from the Pilbara.

(1) Has the PDC engaged independent consultants to develop recommendations for government investment to increase the live export capacity and to establish biosecurity truck wash down infrastructure in the Port Hedland area?

(2) If yes to (1), when was the report by the independent consultants delivered to the Pilbara Development Commission?

(3) Will the minister table a copy of the report?

(4) If no to (3), will the minister outline recommendations made in the report?

(5) How much did it cost the Pilbara Development Commission to engage the independent consultants?

(6) Has the Pilbara Development Commission board endorsed recommendations contained in the report?

(7) When did the minister sign off on the report?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) Yes. The PDC engaged an independent consultant in November 2016 to develop recommendations to attract private investment to increase the live export capacity and to establish biosecurity truck wash down facilities in the Port Hedland area.

(2) It was on 13 September 2017.

(3) Yes.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) It cost $100 000.

(6) The board approved the public release of the PDC feasibility studies of the ''Northern Beef Infrastructure Review'', the ''Pilbara Cattle Holding Yard Feasibility Assessment'' and the ''Pilbara Truck Wash Feasibility Assessment''.

(7) I noted those reports in mid-2018 and I am happy to table those reports.

[See paper 2075.]