Westport Strategy taskforce visits Bunbury

Westport Strategy taskforce chair Nicole Lockwood was in Bunbury for a community session last week. Photo is supplied.

Westport Strategy taskforce chair Nicole Lockwood was in Bunbury for a community session last week. Photo is supplied.

The Westport Strategy taskforce were in Bunbury last week to discuss the project with the community.

The Wesport Strategy was established by the WA Labor Government to look into how the state’s key ports in Kwinana, Fremantle and Bunbury could fulfill the trade and frieght needs for the next 50-100 years.

The taskforce held the session for the community to learn about the transport, environmental and economic issues being considered in the development of the strategy.

Taskforce chair Nicole Lockwood said despite the weather it was a good turnout on August 1.

She said there were many questions but people mainly wanted to know what role the Bunbury port had within the strategy as well as when people would see changes happen.

Ms Lockwood said she couldn’t answer eveything but the strategy would address how Bunbury’s port future could look like.

She said the Bunbury port had a role to play within the strategy because long term population growth was predicted for the South West and it made sense to have increase trade at a port close to the most amount of people.

The aim of the strategy is to create a plan which would have each of the three ports compliment each other rather than be fighting for the same amount of trade, she said.

People can expect to see the next phase of the strategy be released in October which will summarise what the tasforce has learnt so far.