Rita Saffioti has named a key member of the Westport team. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Arc executive appointed to Westport

Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 - 15:38

The state government has chosen Arc Infrastructure business development principal Tim Collins as project director for its proposed Westport outer harbour project in Cockburn Sound.

The move comes about four months after Water Corporation director and Tourism WA board member Nicole Lockwood was appointed to chair the taskforce, which will work on outer harbour planning and economic analysis.

Mr Collins has worked at Arc Infrastructure since 2013, when it was known as Brookfield Rail, in business development management roles.

He has also been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA’s infrastructure committee for two years.

Tim Collins will be project director of the new outer harbour development.

Previous roles have included as general manager of business development at Queensland Rail subsidiary ARG and general manager of supply chain at grain handler CBH Group for a decade.

Mr Collins commences in the role next week.

According to the state government, his key responsibility will be developing strategic plans for both the outer harbour and inner harbour.

Community engagement will be a priority, the government said.

The development of the port was a key election commitment for the Labor Party last year, with then shadow treasurer Ben Wyatt going as far as saying he would resign if the government did not move forward on the project.

It was pitched as an alternative to the then government’s plan of expanding Roe Highway through Bibra Lake into Fremantle to support port efficiency.

But there was significant debate as to whether the existing port had room to grow or if it had reached close to capacity.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the taskforce's analysis would guide the state government’s decision on building the potential port, with Mr Collin’s bringing significant experience to the team.

"I am confident he will provide strong leadership in developing Westport's strategic plans for the necessary infrastructure and road and rail links that will maximise long-term economic benefits and future job opportunities,” she said.

"I am particularly pleased that Mr Collins is committed to consulting with the community and key industries, which is integral to developing the strategy."