Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney believes the PortLink project has far-sighted prospects that could benefit Geraldton and the Mid West region.
The PortLink concept ultimately links Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Esperance and Geraldton and has the potential to build a stronger and more flexible transport network.
PortLink is a nation building concept, supported by the Western Australian and federal Government, which seeks to create a stronger, more robust State freight network.
Mr Blayney said it will assist to open up Western Australia’s resource rich regions to enhanced economic and social development opportunities.
“I believe this is a visionary project, that will have long term benefits for Geraldton and the Mid West region,” he said.
PortLink will include a heavy vehicle bypass road, a freight rail bypass around the Kalgoorlie town centre and a potential intermodal terminal in Kalgoorlie.
Mr Blayney said PortLink had great potential and could open up Western Australia’s resource rich regions to better economic development opportunities.
One of the objectives of the PortLink project is to test the feasibility of a regional alternative to Perth as a major distribution point for interstate freight.
Planning studies for Phase 1 of PortLink are being funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program ($5million) and the Commonwealth Nation Building Program ($2million).
The public consultation period is open from October 7 to November 1.
Information, community comment, forms available at: http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/PortLink .