Frequently Asked Questions

Potential Jetty Users

What will the jetty be used for?

While the founding purpose of the jetty will be to support cruise ships and vessels for the tourism sector, the jetty will be made viable over the next 50 to 100 years by servicing other users.

There are a number of potential jetty users that are currently being considered, however this list will evolve as community consultation is undertaken. Potential jetty users include:

  1. Cruise ships – Allowing safe anchorage that will enable day or overnight tourist visits to Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range World Heritage areas and Exmouth township.
  2. Private yachts and adventure cruises – Vessels that are too large to utilise the Exmouth Marina.
  3. Royal Australian & Allied Navies – Ships and submarines to allow for provisions, as well as rest and recreation.
  4. Australian Border Force – Patrol boats and cutters for maintenance and provisions.
  5. Agriculture exports – Agricultural exports direct to Asia from growers in the Gascoyne region.
  6. Support vessels – Provisions for offshore support vessels.
  7. Break bulk vessels – Import of various cargoes to support the construction and operations in the Gascoyne region.
  8. Cargo vessels – Small scale container exports in the Gascoyne. Import of consumer goods and building materials to reduce cost of living.
  9. Fuel supplies – Periodic visits by tankers to import fuel to replace the Point Murat import facility, as well as provide fuel for jetty users, RAAF Learmonth and supplies for the local community.
How many cruise ships are expected to visit the jetty annually?
In the first year of operation we expect the jetty to cater for eight cruise ships. In the year prior to COVID-19, a total of eight cruise ships visited Exmouth. Only 50% of those ships made it to shore due to coastal conditions and the need for offshore transfers. We believe if 100% of visiting cruise ships can make it ashore then the tourism industry will respond and there will be gradual growth in the number of cruise ships that visit Exmouth, boosting the local economy.
How many other ships are expected to visit the jetty annually?

It is too early to determine how many ships are expected to the visit the jetty as potential users have not been finalised. Potential users of the jetty will be considered in consultation with the Exmouth community.

Will live animals be exported through the jetty?

No. This industry is not being considered as a potential user of the jetty.

How many tourists is this projected to bring to the region?
There are many variables to consider with the number of tourists, including number of cruise ships visiting the jetty and the size of these ships. Because the port will provide certainty for a broad range of adventure and expedition vessels, private yachts and cruise ships, there will be a sustainable increase in tourists over time.

Timeline

What stage is the project currently in?
Earlier this year, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation was allocated lead agency status for the project from the State Government and the planning is in concept stage.

Community consultation is now underway to understand community views and concerns and work together through the community reference groups to ensure the jetty meets the aspirations of the local community.

The planning and approvals phase of the project is predicted to take three years.

Environment & Heritage

What impact will this project have on Ningaloo Reef?
The proposed location is 10km south of the Exmouth township, adjacent to the Ingram Street industrial area and well outside the Ningaloo Marine Park. As part of any Environmental Impact Assessment process, Gascoyne Gateway will ensure the values of the Ningaloo Marine Park are protected.
What makes this a ‘green' port?
Gascoyne Gateway will deliver the first ‘green’ port in Australia and is committed to an environmental management approach that regenerates and protects the area, leaving it better than it was before.

Gascoyne Gateway will work to enhance the local and global environments during both construction and operations. This will be achieved by:

  • Introducing better marine management throughout the Gulf to regulate the movement of larger vessels, as well as their associated impacts.
  • Developing regenerative habitat options for local flora and fauna.
  • Reducing long-haul trucks on the roads and road freight transport emissions.
  • Reducing shipping emissions through more efficient freight solutions.
  • Developing a solar farm and battery storage to power the jetty.
  • Using renewable energy to produce potable water for the local community and to recharge local aquifers.
Have any other green ports been built elsewhere in the world?

We believe there are no other ports anywhere in the world which have built-in the significant number of regenerative initiatives from construction through to operation, making this the only truly green port. Many ports around the world only retrospectively introduce carbon-neutral initiatives and regenerative initiatives once the infrastructure has been built.

This has been recognised by Professor Peter Newman AO, from the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, who said:

“Gascoyne Gateway is one of the first developments I have encountered that is committed to being a regenerative development. This means that they are going beyond just minimising impacts on the local and global environment, but are setting out to repair and regenerate past impacts. They are also including social and economic regeneration. In my view, this makes Gascoyne Gateway an Australia-first holistic approach to regenerative development. I look forward to seeing how these development ideas are worked through in detail by the local community.”

Are environmental assessments already underway?
Yes. Gascoyne Gateway has commissioned comprehensive baseline studies guided by advice received from the Environmental Protection Agency as per their Guidance Statements. These include water quality, metocean, terrestrial flora and fauna, coastal geomorphology, marine megafauna and the social recreational values of the site.
Are you consulting with the Traditional Owners?
Gascoyne Gateways recognises the unique relationship between Indigenous people and Country throughout the Gascoyne and Midwest regions of Australia. For many Indigenous people, country is the foundation of their identity, both as individuals and as a community. Gascoyne Gateway acknowledges the Baiyungu and Thalanyi people’s continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pays its respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Historically, Indigenous people’s cultural knowledge of Country has been vital in developing industries across northern Australia including pearling, pastoral, mining and agriculture. Today, Indigenous people and their cultural knowledge has continued to support and drive these industries and broaden to other sectors such as tourism, urban development, fishing and environment protection.

Early engagement with Nganhurra Thanardi Garri Aboriginal Corporation commenced in early 2020 as Gascoyne Gateway works towards long-term positive benefits between Gascoyne Gateway and the Traditional Owners of the land.

Will the route boats take into the port cross into the marine park at all?
No. Ships will be piloted away from the marine park. Not only will this apply to new marine traffic, it will apply to existing traffic, removing a currently unregulated practice occurring outside of visual range of the community.
Will an increase in maritime traffic affect whale shark migration?
No. The Gascoyne Gateway concept design is for a groyne structure around 900m long, which has a marine footprint one third smaller than the current Exmouth Marina. The first section is envisaged to incorporate a pylon structure to support sediment transport along the beach.
How much dredging will be needed, and what impact will that have?
Gascoyne Gateway has chosen this location as it has an optimal natural seabed depth that substantially minimises any dredging requirement. Of the small amount of dredging anticipated, all material will be brought ashore or used to construct the jetty and strategies will be put in place to reduce the risk of sand or slit escaping into the Gulf. The seabed surveys we have commissioned show no sea grass communities within the project area.

Local Jobs & Procurement

How many jobs will this project create during construction?

We expect 400 jobs to be created during construction, with further indirect local benefits because of our commitment to buying local.

How many permanent jobs will this project add to Exmouth?

70 ongoing full-time jobs directly at the jetty and more than 130 ongoing additional jobs will be created in Exmouth because of our commitment to buying local.

Will this be a fly in/fly out operation?

No. Our 70 full time employees are expected to be permanently located in Exmouth

How will you support the local community and local businesses?
Gascoyne Gateway Limited is committed to ensuring the project reflects the aspirations of the local community.

Community members and local business owners will be able to partner with the project team on four community reference groups, including a focus on local industry participation and industry development.

Gascoyne Gateway is committed to buying local and providing local opportunities throughout the life of the project.

Once operational, the project will provide ongoing benefits to the local community and local businesses, with aspirations for renewable energy and battery storage as a cost-effective electricity solution. The project will also deliver permanent employment opportunities, apprenticeships and workplace development, as well as new opportunities for people to live and work in Exmouth, year-round.

What do we do if we want to express an interest in jobs or supply chain?
Please send any expressions of interest to community@gascoynegateway.com.au

Community Involvement

Have you consulted with the local community?

We are now in a position to have meaningful conversations with the community about the project. Our intention is to establish four community reference groups and provide opportunities for community members to genuinely influence the project from design through to operation. If you’d like to join a reference group please sign-up here.

How can I have a say if I am an Exmouth resident or business owner?

Residents and business owners can stay up to date with the project by signing up for a regular newsletter on the website: gascoynegateway.com.au

Exmouth residents will be able to partner with Gascoyne Gateway directly through community reference groups to ensure that local views are heard and genuinely influence the project in design, construction and operations.

Exmouth residents can register for one of four reference groups:

Design and Environment
Understanding design impacts and exploring how to minimise disruption in the Gulf while defining the most effective regeneration activities.

Community
Identifying what the project can do to support the community, including grants, sponsorships and amenity, as well as supporting community aspirations for better services.

Local Industry Participation
Maximising local procurement through local capability development, local work packages, tendering assistance and skills pathways.

Industry Development
Identifying the potential for the jetty to support the development
of the tourism industry, as well as supporting the diversification of the regional economy.

Project & Site Design

Why did you choose this location, Exmouth generally and this site specifically?

Exmouth is an important strategic location for the establishment of a single jetty deep-water port. By providing a facility in this location there are increased efficiencies for logistics and exports/imports, national security, and opens the regional economy to trade opportunities.

The site was also selected due to its proximity to the current industrial area, light airfield and Shire landfill site. It is in a position far enough from the township to not inhibit residential growth into the future.

Will I still be able to access the beach near the jetty?

The coast will be retained as Government land that will enable residents and users to continue to use and enjoy the beach and coastline in accordance with management plans for diving, fishing and boating.

How much land will you need for the jetty facilities?

Approximately 50 hectares of land adjacent to the light industrial area has been earmarked for the proposal, with the majority of this land designated for future long-term growth, in particular space for a growth in renewables. Ports are a 100-year investment, so options to expand in the future need to be considered now, even if they won’t be needed for many decades to come.

How long is the jetty and what depth does it go to?
The jetty will be approximately 900 m long and reach a depth of 12.5 metres at its deepest point. The jetty marine footprint is less than 0.1 per cent of the Exmouth Gulf and 30 per cent smaller than the marine footprint of the current Exmouth Marina. The final design and dimensions of the jetty will be determined in close consultation with the community and following detailed feasibility studies.
What kind of facilities or buildings will be on the landside of the jetty?

The proposed landside buildings will be similar in size and construction to those in the current industrial area. Single-storey buildings will house administration and operations. Storage sheds, water tanks and warehousing facilities will also be situated on the site. There will also be space for a solar farm and other renewables. Concept designs for the landside area are under development and site neighbours and Exmouth residents will have direct input on these plans to ensure that the facility aesthetically matches with the expectations of the community.

Gascoyne Gateway Limited

Who is on the GGL Board and what experience do they have?
The Company’s Board structure currently consists of five Australian Directors, as follows:

  • an Independent Non-Executive Chair;
  • a Managing Director (co-founder); and
  • three Non-Executive Directors (two independent and one a co-founder).

All Directors are based in Western Australia and have extensive experience in the delivery of infrastructure projects and a passion for regenerative environmental management.

Captain Michael Edwards, OAM – Co-Founder and Managing Director
Michael is a Founding Director of Gascoyne Gateway Limited (GGL) and a major shareholder. He is a professional mariner with over 40 years’ worldwide experience in both naval and commercial operational leadership and management, driving innovation and efficiencies to achieve successful business outcomes. In the last 15 years, Michael’s technological and process innovation has delivered outstanding results in efficiency and commercial advantage to a major resources client in Western Australia. Michael is a major shareholder at Oropesa Port Management Pty Ltd.

Denise Goldsworthy AO – Independent Non-Executive Chair
Denise Goldsworthy AO is the founder and managing principal of Alternate Futures, which she established in October 2013 after a career with Rio Tinto and BHP Steel. She is also a non-executive director and advisor on research, technology and innovation. Ms Goldsworthy is Chair of ChemCentre WA, Gascoyne Gateway Limited and Navy Clearance Diver Trust; non-executive director of Export Finance Australia, Western Power and Leichhardt Industrials Pty Ltd; council member of Edith Cowan University; and member of the Commercialisation Advisory Board for Curtin University, the Cooperative Research Centres Advisory Committee and WA Defence Science Centre Advisory Board.

Who is funding the project?

The facility will be funded by privately sourced Australian investment.

Are there any foreign investors?

No. Gascoyne Gateway is, and will continue to be a fully Australian-owned infrastructure project, delivering sovereign capability to the nation.