Derby Port Update from ABC Kimberley

Derby Port Update from ABC Kimberley

Derby Port Update from ABC Kimberley


Exciting news in the West Kimberley today, with the revelation that shire presidents have been briefed on early-stages planning for a lock system to permit bulk exports and military ships to dock in Derby.

The ABC understands businessmen Kerry Stokes and Tim Roberts are driving the project.

In a statement, the proponents WGPL Property No3 and ACE Infrastructure have emphasised it's early days for the project.

"[The companies] have entered discussions with the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley for the proposed leasing of undeveloped land within the Derby Port," they have said in a statement to ABC Kimberley.

"The lease constitutes the start of a detailed feasibility study of the area's growing infrastructure needs... following the study, a full consultation process will commence with the shire, state and federal governments."

"Derby is located in a strategic area of North-Western Australia and all local stakeholders agree it presents an exciting opportunity for the local community, wider region, state, and Australia - albeit in the face of many geographic and environmental challenges - for the establishment and development of a new industries and services in the region."

While everyone's aware it's early days, the people we've spoken to in Derby are very excited about the idea.

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