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:
- Cruise ships – Allowing safe anchorage that will enable day or overnight tourist visits to Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range World Heritage areas and Exmouth township.
- Private yachts and adventure cruises – Vessels that are too large to utilise the Exmouth Marina.
- Royal Australian & Allied Navies – Ships and submarines to allow for provisions, as well as rest and recreation.
- Australian Border Force – Patrol boats and cutters for maintenance and provisions.
- Agriculture exports – Agricultural exports direct to Asia from growers in the Gascoyne region.
- Support vessels – Provisions for offshore support vessels.
- Break bulk vessels – Import of various cargoes to support the construction and operations in the Gascoyne region.
- Cargo vessels – Small scale container exports in the Gascoyne. Import of consumer goods and building materials to reduce cost of living.
- 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?
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?
What stage is the project currently in?
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?
What makes this a ‘green' port?
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?
Are you consulting with the Traditional Owners?
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?
Will an increase in maritime traffic affect whale shark migration?
How much dredging will be needed, and what impact will that have?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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 has a number of strategic advantages over other coastal towns in the Gascoyne region, which make it the only viable option for the deep-water port and renewables hub. Not only is Exmouth the closest coastal point of mainland Australia to our Asian trading partners through the Sunda Strait. It is also the closest point to Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands.
The proposed site in the Exmouth Gulf has optimum sea, current and tidal conditions that support maritime activities and provide the confidence for long term operations, while also being close in proximity to the current industrial area, light airfield and Shire landfill site. It is also in a position far enough from the township to not inhibit residential growth into the future.
In our discussions with various local industries, including the import/export freight industry, tourism, cruising, and superyachts, they have all outlined a need for better marine infrastructure in Exmouth, which we plan to provide. Additionally, the location of Exmouth is of particular strategic importance for the Department of Defence and the Australian Border Force, and we are planning to provide the Royal Australian Navy ships and submarines a place to refuel and provide provisions with an option for rest and recreation.
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?
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?
- 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.