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WA Government invests $330M into major infrastructure

The Western Australian Government will invest heavily into major infrastructure and industry projects to create jobs and boost the economy as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

The Western Australian Government will invest heavily into major infrastructure and industry projects to create jobs and boost the economy as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

Investments will be made into defence, port and harbour infrastructure, and serviced land to help establish new business and research facilities to deliver a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians.

Premier Mark McGowan and Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia announced that Henderson’s Australian Marine Complex (AMC), the State’s major industrial hub, is set for an $87.6 million upgrade.

It is expected to create up to 600 local jobs, boost opportunities for local industry and grow WA’s capacity to undertake future defence work as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

“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,” McGowan said.

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“Our investment in improvement works and our State’s infrastructure will boost a range of industries over the short and longer terms, which is a key part of our recovery journey.

“Importantly, the infrastructure and planning upgrades will pave the way for further growth in commercial and industrial precincts, our defence, manufacturing, resources, exports and marine sectors.

The investment includes a major wharf extension and upgrade, the design of a new finger wharf, a new vessel transfer path, three road intersection upgrades and a new shipbuilding hall.

The extension to AMC Berth 1 will create a new berth and enable the facility to accommodate all Royal Australian Navy Vessels, including Anzac class frigates, Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels, and the future Hunter class frigates.

Design work will also include a new finger wharf to support Collins class and Attack class submarines, and the capacity to support larger classes of naval vessels.

The new vessel transfer path will create greater connectivity and resilience across the AMC, between the floating dock and shipbuilding and sustainment facilities, including ASC, BAE and Civmec.

Upgrades to three road intersections will increase capacity and safety, reduce vehicle congestion and improve access.

The new shipbuilding hall in the northern shipbuilding precinct, will activate underutilised waterfront land to support commercial shipbuilding and sustainment.

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

In addition, $3.8 million will be 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.

Around $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
  • $1 million to upgrade the Newman Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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