Albany port review

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The State Government will review the performance of the Southern Ports Authority, three years after the amalgamation of the Albany, Bunbury and Esperance ports.

The southern merger was the final stage of the State Government’s plan to combine seven of WA ports into four regional authorities.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced the review today.

"Now that nearly three years have passed, it is time to conduct a post-implementation review to evaluate what benefits have been achieved as a result of the amalgamation,” she said.

"The purpose of the review is to evaluate the outcomes of amalgamating the Albany, Bunbury and Esperance port authorities to form Southern Ports.”

The review will be chaired by Member for Agricultural Region Laurie Graham and is expected to be completed by December.

"I am looking forward to receiving an independent analysis of the facts,” Ms Saffioti said.

"The working group will go into the process with an open mind and will present their findings to Government towards the end of the year."

Albany port produced a record trade result for the 2016-17 financial year after exceeding 5 million tonnes in exports for the first time in the port’s history.

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