Westport’s task of formulating a strategy to accommodate Perth’s future freight demands is broad and complex. Assessing the extensive list of possible options must be done in a clear, transparent and robust manner.

The Westport Taskforce is using multi-criteria analysis (MCA) to evaluate its options; this is the systematic decision-making tool recommended by Infrastructure Australia. Utilising criteria covering environmental, social, economic, land use, governance and operational impacts, the MCA process will enable Westport to identify the best long-term option/s for the State.

Westport will be conducting two main MCA stages – MCA-1 and MCA-2.

MCA-1 will:

  • determine the performance of the long-list of options;
  • exclude non-competitive options; and
  • result in a shortlist of options.

MCA-2 will put the shortlisted options through a more robust quantitative assessment in partnership with a cost-benefit analysis. This will result in the preferred solution/s being determined.

Read about the MCA methodology in Issue 3 of the Westport Beacon:

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