Progressing Roads to Export and transport-related projects will be a key focus for the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance this year.
Alliance chief executive Matt Granger said the organisation was engaging with political candidates to discuss priorities for the region.
The alliance’s role is to act as an advocacy group for the region and its members to create and sustain investment in the region.
“A lot of our focus over several years has been to attract attention, focus, and recognition of the importance of investment in major transport related projects, ” he said.
“Roads to Export has achieved recognition for addressing the bottlenecks of the region from an export perspective.
“There has been some great progress that has been made, certainly the first stage of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and Port Access Road.
“We will continue to highlight the importance of funding for the remaining two stages of the Outer Ring Road.”
Mr Granger said the alliance would also highlight the importance of realising the potential of the Bunbury Port through diverting the Preston River, addressing rail congestion and completing the upgrade of Coalfields Highway.
This year, the alliance will also support the development of an agrifood processing precinct.
“We’ll also look into the availability of industrial land, land that is actually industry-ready, ” Mr Granger said.
An ongoing project the alliance will continue to take an interest in, will be the opportunity to export coal through Bunbury.
“We’d be keen to ensure we can do what we can to see it occurs in an appropriate, timely way, ” he said.
“Urea exports remain a prospect, with Perdaman’s Collie Urea Project, ” he said.
“There’s also the opportunity for grain exports going out through Bunbury — that’s an important new export opportunity for Bunbury and the region.”Mr Granger said the alliance would also investigate whether it was possible to develop a dairy processing facility, including milk powder manufacturing.