The GEDC has championed the concept of PortLink, an Inland Freight Corridor, which has now become a large scale nation building project. It seeks to create a stronger, more robust State Freight network and open up the Goldfields-Esperance, Pilbara and Mid West regions to regional and whole of State development opportunities. This will allow greater access to services and provide social and economic benefits to the regions, the State and more broadly, Australia.
PortLink initially centres on :
an intermodal Freight Terminal in Kalgoorlie and associated freight logistics arrangements;
new road and railway alignments around the Kalgoorlie-Boulder city centre; and
the development of new road and railway corridors, connecting the resource rich Yilgarn area and the MidWest and Pilbara regions to export ports in Esperance, Geraldton/Oakajee, Port Hedland and Fremantle.
Both the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments have shown their support for the project. The State Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has committed $5 million and the Commonwealth Government, through the Nation Building Program, has committed $2 million for the planning and investigation of the PortLink concept.
Planning studies are currently underway to investigate and test the technical, economic, environmental and social merits and feasibility of the proposed rail and road realignment, intermodal projects and Wiluna to Meekatharra road seal..
More information is available on the PortLink website.