Big picture future planning for trade industry underway

Community input is being gathered to assist with creation of a State Government strategy that will identify a preferred network to fulfil the State’s port, trade and freight needs for the next 50 to 100 years.

Its big picture, long-term thinking and our Shire President Mick Bennett has a seat in the front row of the process as a member of the Local Government Westport Working Group.

Cr Bennett was also Chairman of the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan Partnership Steering Committee and through this role, has been able to provide input to the Wesport Working Group on the opportunities and capacity available at the Bunbury Port.

Development of the Westport Strategy is a two-year project and now, almost half-way through that period, there has been a great deal of work done on gathering information and input from a wide variety of sources.

Community Consultation

Shopping Centre displays and information evenings were held earlier this month in Bunbury, Kwinana and Fremantle, and attended by more than 150 people.

This was one of a range of channels the Westport Taskforce is providing to the community for input.

An online consultation hub is also due for launch next month.

Stakeholder Reference Group Workshops

Four workshops have been held involving more than 50 organisations including industry, academia, government and community representatives.

During the August workshop, members were asked to define what success looks like for Westport and what goals and Key Performance Indicators could help achieve success.

Think-a-thon

In July Westport challenged 12 teams of experts – including engineers, planners, consultants, researchers and transport advisors – to create and share their vision for how Westport would look in 2068

The Westport: Port & Environs Strategy will be delivered to Government by the taskforce for consideration in late 2019.