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 Committee:
- Advocacy for a state vision and infrastructure plan for growth based on CME's State Growth Outlook. This study identifies gaps in the three defined growth enablers – water, people and energy as well as infrastructure and provides a valued input into industry and government planning for the future.
- 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.
- Improved communication between users, service providers, policy makers and regulators on aviation issues.
- Advocacy on state energy matters which provides a framework for meeting the future needs of the state.
- Identifying an industry position and 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. Energy and water matters are addressed by an Energy Reference Group and Water Issues Group.