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Broome wharf extension a boost for border security.

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Senator the Hon Chris Ellison Minister for Justice and Customs

14 July 2005

Broome wharf extension a boost for border security

The commencement of works on the Broome Wharf extension marks a significant boost for border security, Western Australian Senator, and Minister for Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison said today.

“The wharf extension will facilitate the vital border protection work of the Royal Australian Navy and Customs’ National Marine Unit in the North West, as well as enhancing the capacity of the Port of Broome to accommodate increased trade and tourism,” Senator Ellison said.

Representing the Australian Government at today’s ceremony, Senator Ellison noted that the bulk of funding for the project had been provided by the Commonwealth under the Sustainable Regions Programme in the Kimberley Region.

The Port of Broome is receiving $3,300,000 in Australian Government funding for the wharf extension, ensuring it can meet the demands of this rapidly growing region.

“The Port of Broome is a vital part of infrastructure in the Kimberley and supports industries such as tourism, livestock trade, pearling, exports and gas and oil installations,” Senator Ellison said.

“Given the strategic importance of the North West, I have taken a keen personal interest in this project over the past five years.

“I would like to congratulate the Chair of the Kimberley Sustainable Regions Advisory Committee, Mr Geoff Haerewa, and the other Committee members on their work to date,” Senator Ellison said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the interest taken in this project by my colleague, the Federal Member for Kalgoorlie, Barry Haase.

“The total cost of the extension is expected to reach $16.82 million with funding also being committed by the Western Australian government, in the form of a grant and loans, and the private sector,” Senator Ellison said.

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