Unlocking the door report

Unlocking the Door: A Study into the Feasibility of Broome as the Commercial and Logistics Hub for the Kimberley Region

A significant barrier to the sustainable economic and social development of the Kimberley is the absence of a competent and cost effective maritime, aviation and road logistics system that provides mobility for communities, reduces input costs for commercial operations and allows those operations to cost effectively get product to markets. This is illustrated conceptually in the following figure.

Broome Future identified competitive logistics has a major barrier to social and economic development in the Kimberley as a priority project and as such, commissioned a detailed study into this issue as its inaugural project. Broome Future commissioned Australian Venture Consultants, a highly regarded strategic analytics consulting firm with expertise in the minerals and energy sectors as well as regional development to undertake this study. The resulting report provides a comprehensive analysis of key development and social issues in the Kimberley, the role of logistics, current logistics infrastructure and opportunities to enhance that infrastructure. It also sets out a pathway to plan for the future. The following table provides an overview of the content of the report. You can download the full report through the link below.

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Section Content
Demographic and Economic Profile of Broome and the Kimberley This section of the report provides a basic analysis of key demographic and economic trends in Broome and the Kimberley as context for a more specific discussion later in the report on key issues around the delivery of government services, development of industry sectors and logistics needs of the region.
Environmental Values of the Kimberley The natural environment in the Kimberley is of significant importance and is a global environmental asset. It is globally recognised, underpins important Aboriginal cultural and spiritual values and is the principal driver of major segments of the Kimberley tourism industry. This section of the report discusses the main terrestrial and marine environmental values of the Kimberley and initiatives designed to conserve those values. This is important context for understanding opportunities and limitations to development in the Kimberley. This section also discusses the relationship between enhanced logistics and the operation of conservation reserves.
Aboriginal People, Broome and the Kimberley This important section of the report provides a brief overview of the history of Aboriginal people in and around Broome, primarily with respect to engagement with the mainstream economy. It underpins a fundamental principle on which the analysis in this report is based. It articulates from a factual basis the practical, political and legal rationale by which Aboriginal people are key decision-makers with respect to economic development in the Region, protocols for effectively engaging with Aboriginal people in these decisions and some of the challenges presented by existing processes of engagement around economic development. It also discusses the logistics needs of Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley.
Delivery of Government Services to the Kimberley This section details the nature of State and Commonwealth government services delivered to the Kimberley through approximately 50 agencies and Broome’s role in the delivery of those services. It illuminates the scale and reach of this sector as a major employer in the region. It also discusses the logistics challenges presented to delivery of government services in the region.
Private Industry in Broome and the Kimberley This important section identifies and discusses the current status, opportunities and challenges associated with the aquaculture, construction and real-estate, minerals, pastoral, agricultural, onshore petroleum, offshore petroleum and tourism sectors in Broome and the wider Kimberley. It discusses the logistics challenges and needs of these sectors and sets important context for discussing the current logistics infrastructure in the region and opportunities to enhance that infrastructure.
Broome and Strategic Interests in the Indian Ocean This section discusses the emerging economic and strategic importance of the Indian Ocean and Indian Ocean Rim nations and trends in trade through the Indian Ocean. It discusses key strategic issues in the region, national interests in the region, evolving military powers in the region and the emerging dynamic between those powers. It also discusses Australian defence policy with respect to the Indian Ocean and Broome and the wider-Kimberley region’s potential role in supporting the implementation of that policy. Again, it highlights logistics challenges to deployment in and power projection from the Region.
An Opportunity for Improved Logistics in the Kimberley This section articulates the importance of logistics for effective economic development and explains how the development of the offshore Browse Basin and the offshore oil and gas industry’s logistics requirements presents an opportunity for enhancing logistics in the Region.
Existing Broome Logistics Infrastructure This important section describes in detail the existing capability, capacity and expansion options pertaining to the key logistics infrastructure in and around Broome including Broome International Airport, Port of Broome and the Kimberley road network. It is a key component of the study as it identifies opportunities and limits as to what can realistically be achieved in the region from a logistics perspective in terms of addressing development challenges and opportunities.
Utilities Infrastructure This section discusses the utilities infrastructure in Broome and the wider Kimberley and its role in supporting logistics functionality.
Broome as the Hub This section describes other aspects of Broome’s soft and hard infrastructure that facilitate and hinder it continuing to evolve into the logistics hub for the Kimberley, including the attitudes and beliefs of its residents with respect to economic development and associated industrial and civic development of Broome.
Action Plan This section outlines a process for engaging with stakeholders in order to refine this study and develop recommendations for an implementable strategy that will give effect to enhanced logistics infrastructure in the Kimberley, centred on Broome as the regional logistics hub.