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Federal government provides support for Westport

The Australian Government is making critical investments in Western Australian infrastructure, cementing the state’s future growth.

In the 2024–25 Budget, the government is committing $33.5 million towards planning works to support the development of Westport.

The Westport project is the linchpin for future trade growth in Western Australia.

It includes planning a new port and the connected road, rail and logistics operations required to move container trade from Fremantle to Kwinana.

The Commonwealth’s commitment to the Westport project as part of the 2024-25 Budget will progress planning that is critical to facilitate construction of Westport, including:

  • Freight rail duplication and level crossing removal
  • Upgrading Anketell Road West
  • Kwinana Freeway widening
  • Roe Highway widening

The Federal Government have been working closely with the Western Australian Government to deliver a port that meets the latest global standards of technology, sustainability and efficiency while building in the capacity for change and innovation.

The Government’s $33.5 million investment will match the state’s contribution, taking the total investment for this planning phase to $67 million.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese celebrated the announcement.

“We are committed to building a Future Made in Australia and this project is an example of how we are doing that,” he said.

“Western Australia is the economic engine room of Australia, and this Port will be a critical hub.

“We are pleased to work with the Cook Government to deliver this project.”

This project builds on what the governments are already delivering in Western Australia including METRONET, the Tonkin Highway corridor and the Outback Way.