Government reschedules Cockburn port battle

28 Apr, 2012 02:00 AM
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THE James Point Pty Ltd (JPPL) fight with the State Government over the protracted delays in approving a private port at Cockburn is on hold, following the adjournment of a directions hearing.

The hearing was scheduled for last Friday but was adjourned to allow the State Government to gather more information for the hearing.

JPPL chairman Chris Whitaker said it was a very normal procedure and the court process was progressing.

JPPL claims the State Government has delayed construction and operation of the port for nearly 13 years.

Reports of conflict between JPPL director and building magnate Len Buckridge and WA Premier Colin Barnett may also have played a role in the port delay.

Mr Whitaker has continually told Farm Weekly the company was hopeful the court process would not delay construction much longer.

Mr Whitaker said he hoped the directions hearing would be held on May 9 and not be adjourned again.

Farm Weekly understands if JPPL can reach an agreement with the State Government, the company will have 12 months of pre-construction studies with a further 15 to 18 months to complete infrastructure.

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