Shed at Esperance Port set for upgrade

Shed 4. Southern Ports.
Shed 4. Southern Ports.

WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt has allocated $6.9 million towards the upgrade of Shed 4 at Esperance Port in the State Budget.

Mr Wyatt delivered the Budget for 2019/20 on May 9, promising an overall surplus of more than $500 million.

The port project was the major commitment to the Esperance region and is set to boost trade activity and create dozens of local jobs.

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said Shed 4 had a dirt floor and was only designed to store iron ore. That would soon change. "It is an underutilised asset for the port," she said.

Ms MacTiernan said the upgrades at Shed 4 would allow the Southern Port Authority to manage cross-contamination issues and store a wider range of products for export.

"[This will boost] trade opportunities in spodumene, gypsum and potash, which in turn drives economic growth locally and for the state," she said.

Work on the shed is underway and is expected to be complete by January 2020.

"Local contractors have been engaged, and there is expected to be up to 30 jobs created in the Esperance area, part of our government's commitment to driving local procurement in the regions," Ms MacTiernan said.

Premier Mark McGowan said the state would continue to invest in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

"We have worked hard to bring the Budget back under control while delivering important improvements to vital services like health and education across regional WA," he said.

"We will continue to implement our plans for the Goldfields-Esperance region to support job creation, grow the local economy and support families in the region."