Port of Geraldton Master Planning Project

Mid West Ports Authority (MWPA) has undertaken the development of a Port Master Plan (PMP) for the Port of Geraldton. The PMP provides a high-level analysis of potential trade growth and required infrastructure to accommodate this growth over a 30-year planning timeframe. Most specifically it considers the development required in the short to medium term (i.e. over the next 15 years) to maximise the throughput and efficiency of the existing Port and increase trade to up to 50 million tonnes per annum.

The PMP is not a statutory planning document, rather it is a strategic document that outlines one way of providing facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the trade demand predicted in a high growth scenario. Put simply, it provides a vision for what the Port could look like as it evolves over the next 15 years, not necessarily what it will look like.

Whilst the PMP will be used to guide planning and investment decisions it will not replace the need to undertake detailed feasibility, environmental and design studies for individual projects.

The PMP is a live document that will continually be revisited to consider updated trade forecasts, stakeholder feedback, emerging proponents and developments that have been completed.

Final Adoption

The PMP was endorsed by the Minister for Ports, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan on 16 July 2020.

  Media Release - $11.6m investment in job-creating Geraldton port infrastructure

Outcomes of Community Engagement

MWPA has prepared responses to the matters that were most frequently raised in the formal submissions.

  Responses to Submissions – Common Themes

All submitters will receive an individual response to their submissions.

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to make a submission, attend one of our Information sessions, or speak to our staff. Your feedback is important to us.

Port of Geraldton Master Plan

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Project Background

Preparation of the PMP began early in 2018. Following the appointment of GHD Advisory as project consultants. The Geraldton Port Master Planning Project was divided into three stages.

Port Master Plan stages

Stage 1: Baseline

Stage 1, which was completed in September 2018, included a detailed study of Geraldton Port and surrounding areas.

It also involved consultation with a number of relevant stakeholders and a community survey which received 230 responses.

Stage 2: Draft Options

Stage 2 was completed in May 2019 and included a consideration of several projects which could help maximise the capacity of the Port of Geraldton, including high level cost estimation and potential staging.

Stage 3: Preferred Plan

Stage 3 included stakeholder and community engagement on the draft Port Master Plan, which was released for public comment by the Minister for Ports on 10 October 2019. Public submissions were accepted until 3 December 2019 and a number of community and stakeholder engagement events were held during the consultation phase.

During the public comment period 26 submissions were received from government agencies, Port customers, and members of the community. Common themes from the submissions have been addressed in the Outcomes of Community Engagement.

The final Port Master Plan has been now endorsed by the MWPA Board and the Minister for Ports.

What Happens Next?

MWPA will now commence additional technical work required to implement the Plan.

This will be different for each project, but may include concept and detailed design work, feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, collaboration with customers, government agencies and community organisations, and obtaining relevant statutory approvals.

Investment decisions will be made following Expressions of Interest for private investment or Business Cases for capital expenditure proposed to be undertaken by MWPA.

Stakeholder and community engagement will continue throughout the implementation phase. If you would like to be involved in ongoing engagement, please contact us.

Media Releases

Media ReleaseDate
$11.6m investment in job-creating Geraldton port infrastructure July 2020
Project takes next step October 2018
Port appoints project consultant June 2018
Successful response to online survey March 2018