Port of Broome Channel Optimisation Project

Closed 27 Feb 2018

Opened 21 Feb 2018


Kimberley Ports Authority (KPA) is seeking to improve accessibility to the Port of Broome, situated in West Roebuck Bay, approximately 5 kilometres south west of the township of Broome. Larger vessels entering the Port, such as cruise ships, have limited access windows due to the large tidal range (10m), presence of channel rock and high spots (shoals) in the access channel.

In recognition of the access constraints and the growing tourism industry in Broome, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tourism Western Australia and KPA have contributed funds to optimise the channel to allow passage of larger vessels. The Channel Optimisation Project includes capital dredging of several high spots, a new marked entrance channel and improved access to existing berths.

Why we are consulting

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals