McGowan Unveils Further Plans To Boost Economic Recovery

Investments into defence, port infrastructure and serviced land are set to get a boost after the Government announced a $330 million investment, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

The investment will be utilised to create jobs, boost the economy, establish new business and research facilities, and stimulate major infrastructure and construction.

These works will also expand WA’s defence industry capabilities, increasing marine repair, maintenance and construction, supporting the defence industry development an leveraging world class skills and training.

Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia announced that Henderson’s Australian Marine Complex, will receive an $87.6 million dollar upgrade, create up to 600 local jobs, and grow WA’s ability to undertake future defence work.

“Defence industry projects offer incredible opportunities for the state, and will further our capacity to secure high-value, job creating work,” he said.

“The State Government is fast tracking these projects to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to meet the needs of Defence,”

Premier Mark McGowan, said this is a key part of the state’s recovery journey.

“The WA Recovery Plan is focused on creating a pipeline of local jobs to support WA’s economic recovery, while putting strong foundations in place to strengthen our industries and plan for the jobs of the future,” Premier McGowan said.

Western Australian ports and harbours will benefit from $158.8 million worth of improvements, including:

$20 million for Port Hedland’s Inner Harbour for retaining and sea walls;

$51.2 million for Pilbara’s Nelson Point Tug Haven for retaining and sheet pile walls;

$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 and access as well as support export capability in the Main Harbour, already announced;

$31.3 million to resurface and upgrade the stockyard area, for 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 towards 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 towards priority works at Esperance Port to increase import and export capacity; and

$5.9 million to replace critical electrical infrastructure at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Commercial precinct.

In addition to works being undertaken across WA ports, $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.

In addition, about $100 million of funding will go towards further industry development initiatives, including:

$20 million towards a Robotics and Automation physical test facility, as part of a 94-hectare precinct north of the current Neerabup industrial estate, to support research facilities;

$7.5 million to provide serviced land for businesses, supporting major projects in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area;

$7.5 million to prepare and refurbish communications infrastructure networks within Bentley Technology Park;

$8.4 million towards the implementation of the Murujuga Rock Arts strategy to progress more opportunities to unlock tourism potential and create jobs; and

$1 million to upgrade the Newman Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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