Better Access for Esperance Port
02 April 2014
Joint release with:
WA Minister for Transport
Member for O'Connor
Productivity at Esperance Port is set to increase with the $120 million port access upgrade officially opening today.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade had transformed the Esperance landscape.
“The upgrade redefined access to the port by removing level crossings and building new access roads to safely separate heavy vehicles and rail freight,” Mr Truss said.
“Esperance Port is now in a good position to be a competitive player in the import/export market, and will help Western Australia's economy continue to thrive.”
Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson said Esperance Port was now ready to support the expanding mining and agricultural industries of the region.
“This is just one example of the Australian Government delivering on our $3.8 billion commitment to Western Australia as part of the Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Wilson said.
“From Esperance up to the north of the state we are upgrading our vital freight networks, and delivering on our promise to put the Western Australian economy in the fast lane.”
Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said at its peak the project saw up to 130 people working on site.
“This has been great for the local economy and local employment,” Mr Nalder said.
“By the end of the project, contractor John Holland expects to have completed almost 815,000 man hours and spent nearly $25 million locally—about four times the original local spending target.”
The Australian and Western Australian Governments each contributed $60 million to the Esperance Port Access Project.