Within the Infrastructure Portfolio CME is focused on the following strategies to deliver the industry's vision:
- Aligning strategic policy and planning initiatives according to a vision for the state with a focus on regional Western Australia.
- A state infrastructure plan should be collaboratively developed by government and the private sector and include a prioritisation of the state’s economic and social infrastructure needs.
- Ensure efficient frameworks are in place to encourage further investment in the resources sector.
- Government processes are streamlined, transparent and simplified, reducing regulatory burden.
- There should be transparency in energy policy development and implementation, energy market competition should be encouraged, security of supply and diversity of energy sources, and investment in infrastructure and technology.
- The water regulatory framework should support the strategic priorities of the resources sector, including by recognising the significant investment resources companies make in water resource development and management.
Projects and Issues
Following is a list of key projects and issues being managed by the infrastructure portfolio:
- Advocacy for a state vision and infrastructure plan for the sector through the Resources Sector Outlook. The Outlook provides essential data on the expected demand arising from growth in the resources sector over the next ten years on the key enablers of people, energy, water and infrastructure.
- Identifying the state’s infrastructure needs and advocating innovative ways to facilitate planning, investment and delivery, particularly in the areas of ports, rail, road, water and energy.
- Identifying and recommending infrastructure investment frameworks and models for appropriate investment between industry, private financiers and the state and federal governments.
- Improving communication between users, service providers, policy makers and regulators on aviation issues through an aviation roundtable.
- Advocacy on state energy matters which provides a framework for meeting the future needs of the state.
- Establishing a position and identifying case studies of renewable energy projects being utilised by the resources sector.
- Advocacy in support of the resources sector’s strategic water priorities including access to water resources, optionality in the management of mine dewater, and recognition of the significant investment the resources sector makes in water resource development and management.
The Infrastructure Standing Committee is tasked with leading policy development on infrastructure issues impacting the resources sector.
The Infrastructure Committee is chaired by Anthony Cribb from the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.
The infrastructure portfolio is supported by:
- An Energy Reference Group
- A Water Issues Group
- Iron Ore Fines Working Group
- Independent Esperance Trade Group.
The Infrastructure Committee provides guidance on CME’s participation on a number of external groups:
- Freight and Logistics Council
- Peth Airport Planning Coordination Forum
- Housing Industry Forecasting Group
- Gas Emergency Planning Committee
- Electricity Supply Disruption Committee
- Economic Regulatory Authority Community Consultative Committee
- Department of Water – Water Reference Reform Group.
Inquiry into Infrastructure and Planning and Development
Productivity Commission Draft Report into Public Infrastructure