Port appoints project consultant

Published: Thursday, 7 June 2018 at 4:47:42 PM

Master Planning Project takes next step

The Mid West Ports Authority recently appointed GHD Advisory as project consultants to head development of the Geraldton Port Master Planning Project.Geraldton Port Master Planning Project

The project, announced by Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti MLA in January 2018, will investigate how the Port, its corridors and the Fishing Boat Harbour could develop to accommodate potentially significant additional trade over the next 30 years and support the activation of the Mid West community.

GHD Advisory were appointed to the position late last month from an extensive tender process and have recently begun stage one of the project.

MWPA Senior Projects Engineer Peter Duplex said stage one was expected to take 12 weeks and had so far included interviews with Port stakeholders.

“A study team has now been appointed and early consultation work is underway,” he said.

“The project will consider both the Geraldton Commercial Harbour and the Fishing Boat Harbour to look at development options for both.

“It will incorporate a number of potential factors, including what the situation could look like with-or-without Oakajee, trade growth forecasts and infrastructure requirements over the next 50 years.

“We’re in the early stages of the project and GHD Advisory will now undertake detailed studies of the Port and a number of internal and external factors.

“This will eventually lead to development options to benefit both the Port and the community.”

As part of early consultation, the Port of Geraldton Pre-Project Master Planning Survey was launched to allow the community to provide feedback on what they considered to be the important issues for the project.

The survey was successful and received 230 responses from participants ranging from community members, local government representatives, port stakeholders and port staff.

The survey identified a number of areas important to respondents, including the top 5 materiality issues of:

  1. Activating and supporting the Mid West community
  2. Facilitating trade growth
  3. Ensuring environmental protection and management of impacts
  4. Ensuring Port-Township interface management, and:
  5. Ensuring port safety and security

These responses have been incorporated into the project scope of works.

Regular updates will be provided during each stage of the project and for more information click here

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