A Stronger Tomorrow: Infrastructure WA releases discussion paper

29 June 2020

Infrastructure Western Australia - a key election commitment of the McGowan Labor Government - has today released its State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Infrastructure Western Australia (IWA) scaled back work on preparing the State's 20-year infrastructure plan given the current uncertainty.

Following the State Government's success in handling COVID-19 in WA, IWA is now able to get back on track recommencing work on the 20-year plan - starting with the release of the discussion paper for public consultation.

The discussion paper is a key aspect to progressing the development of the 20-year plan and outlines how Infrastructure WA proposes to develop the State-wide long-term infrastructure strategy.

The first State Infrastructure Strategy will provide important advice to government, and will identify Western Australia's infrastructure needs and priorities over the next 20 years.

The release of the discussion paper marks the start of an eight-week engagement period, in which Infrastructure WA will conduct 14 workshops across the State and seek feedback through an online submission format.

Stakeholders from across Western Australia and beyond are encouraged to provide feedback on the issues and proposals outlined in the paper.

The discussion paper and its supporting documents, a feedback submission form and information about State-wide workshops can be found at https://infrastructure.wa.gov.au/DiscussionPaper  

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"Infrastructure investment is critical to Western Australia's future and will not only support a strong, resilient and diversified economy, but will also create long-term jobs and provide greater certainty to industry.

"As Western Australia continues to recover from COVID-19 in the short term, Infrastructure WA will provide the State Government with advice for investment and will help inform major infrastructure developments over the medium and long-term

"It's vital we have a pipeline of projects to build and develop communities and shape the State for generations to come while supporting local workers in jobs right along the way.

"My Government's focus on planning for future infrastructure, and investing in the right projects at the right time will be informed by Infrastructure WA's State Infrastructure Strategy."

Comments attributed to Infrastructure WA Chairperson John Langoulant:

"The State Infrastructure Strategy is fundamental to Infrastructure WA's work, and is the foundation of our advice to government.

"The feedback we receive on this discussion paper will inform the development of the strategy, and it is critical that we hear from those stakeholders who rely on the State's infrastructure for their wellbeing and prosperity.

"I encourage a productive, open and robust discussion about the issues canvassed in this discussion paper.

"This is an opportunity for stakeholders and the community to be a part of the process."

 

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Source:  Western Australian Government - www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au

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External Links:  https://infrastructure.wa.gov.au/DiscussionPaper 

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