The new State Transport and Infrastructure Minister used his first address to the mining and energy industry at the 12 June lunch to announce the government’s vision for infrastructure, including plans for a much needed port.
The Hon Stephen Mullighan MP released the long-awaited Regional Mining and Infrastructure Plan, with a pledge to build a business case for a port to be completed in 12 months, and a port to be built within four years.
“We can now plan what is required to bring projects to fruition… Both ports and power will be top of the list,” Mr Mullighan said.
“There will be very robust differences of opinions regarding the location and project priority.”
“The importance of the resources and energy sector to the State’s economy cannot be underestimated.”
Mr Mullighan also announced a Resources Infrastructure Taskforce, to be chaired by DMITRE Deputy Chief Executive Paul Heithersay, along with an advisory committee to include industry and corporate representatives.
“The taskforce… will examine ways to share risks with the private sector to ensure solutions that deliver best outcomes for the state,” Mr Mullighan said.
“We shall also be looking to use the infrastructure we’ve got or develop Commonwealth infrastructure.”
The Minister answered questions from the audience which focussed on potential State Government co-investment in the required infrastructure; his vision for the future; and his thoughts on the current state of play regarding regional infrastructure.
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