Fremantle’s port has room to grow container trade, possibly for three decades, according to a new report by the state government’s Westport taskforce, but freight infrastructure improvements are needed in the short term at Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana.
The $6 billion Balla Balla infrastructure project has experienced two setbacks, with the deadline for meeting its obligations under a State Agreement extended by 18 months and recent exploration work failing to live up to promise.
The state government has been forced to allocate an extra $8 million to a dredging program at Broome Port, while an independent report has ruled out the use of a below deck gangway for cruise ships at the port.
Valmec has secured $25 million worth of construction contracts, including at Mineral Resources’ Wodgina project, while fellow local contractor Weststar Industrial was awarded a $4 million contract at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas mine near Newman.
RCR Tomlinson, which grew rapidly to be one of Australia's largest engineering contractors with annual revenue of $2 billion, 3,400 staff and multiple contracts in WA, has been placed into administration after failing to secure new funding.
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