$330 million to drive industry opportunities

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Investment in major infrastructure and planning for industry projects will prepare for WA's future, create jobs and boost the economy.
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Investment in major infrastructure and planning for industry projects will prepare for Western Australia’s future, create jobs and boost the economy as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

$330 million will be invested in capital works in defence, port and harbour infrastructure, and serviced land to help establish new business and research facilities.

The state’s major industrial hub, Henderson’s Australian Marine Complex (AMC), is set for an $87.6 million upgrade. The upgrade is expected to create up to 600 local jobs, boost opportunities for local industry and grow WA’s capacity to undertake future defence work.

The investment includes:

  • a major wharf extension and upgrade
  • design of a new finger wharf
  • a new vessel transfer path
  • 3 road intersection upgrades
  • a new shipbuilding hall.

Regional ports and harbours throughout WA will benefit from improvements worth $158.8 million, including:

  • $20 million for retaining and sea walls in Port Hedland’s Inner Harbour
  • $51.2 million for retaining and sheet pile walls in the Pilbara’s Nelson Point Tug Haven
  • $7.6 million to support the development of an LNG bunkering hub in the Pilbara, already announced
  • $11.6 million towards works at the Geraldton Port and Fishing Boat Harbour to improve amenities, as well as support export capability in the Main Harbour, already announced
  • $31.3 million for resurfacing and upgrading the stockyard area, structural repairs, electrical upgrades and a new Clinker Storage Facility at the Kwinana Bulk Terminal
  • $3 million towards a second road hopper to improve loading and logistics, and for fire and safety system upgrades and replacements at Bunbury Port
  • $3 million for refurbishments to the underdeck access and protective coating to extensions at the Broome Port Wharf
  • $15 million for the Turkey Point access bridge at Bunbury Port, already announced
  • $10.2 million toward priority works at Esperance Port to increase import and export capacity
  • $5.9 million to replace critical electrical infrastructure at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Commercial Precinct. 

Additionally, $3.8 million is being committed to prepare a feasibility study for upgrades and new infrastructure at the Port of Bunbury and Kwinana Bulk Terminal to support the possible reopening of the Greenbushes rail line.

About $100 million of funding will go towards further industry development initiatives, including:

  • $20 million towards a Robotics and Automation physical testing facility in Neerabup
  • $7.5 million to provide serviced land for businesses supporting major projects in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area
  • $8.4 million toward implementation of the Murujuga Rock Arts strategy to unlock tourism potential and create jobs
  • $1 million to upgrade the Newman Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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Page reviewed 10 November 2020