New Customs and Border Protection Office in Dampier, Western Australia Officially Opened

Dampier, WA ( November 9, 2010

New Customs and Border Protection Office in Dampier, Western Australia Officially Opened

New Customs and Border Protection Office in Dampier, Western Australia Officially Opened

Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, today officially opened the new Customs and Border Protection office in Dampier, Western Australia.

“The Dampier District services one of the busiest areas in Australia with over 2,000 first-port commercial vessel arrivals at Dampier and surrounding ports in the 2009-10 financial year. This is a growth of 30 per cent in the past three years, and the strong demand for Australian resources means the region is expected to get even busier,” Mr O’Connor said.

“This modern facility incorporates a training centre with the capability to conduct classroom, IT and interactive based training as well as a specially-designed 200 square-metre multi functional room.”

“It is where our officers from across the Kimberley and Pilbara region will maintain their competency in skills such as Boarding Vessels at Sea, Use of Force and the deployment of Personal Defensive Equipment.”

The new office replaces nearby premises that were built 40 years ago to originally accommodate only eight staff.  Over the years, further staff have been accommodated in converted office space in adjoining buildings.

“The new office will fit all 21 of the Customs and Border Protection officers in Dampier under the one roof,” Mr O’Connor said.

“It can accommodate significant further growth, with capacity for 60 staff to work from this office as they are needed in future.

“The Chevron joint venture Gorgon Project at Barrow Island is expected to commence in 2013/14 and become one of the largest Natural Gas projects in the world. Citic Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron project at Cape Preston is expected to commence exports next year and become one of the world’s largest mines as it mines and processes the magnetite iron ore used to make steel.

“Also, other major industry projects in the pipeline include: Rio Tinto’s $3.1 billion investment into expanding port and rail infrastructure works around Cape Lambert; and Woodside’s imminent commissioning of the Pluto gas plant.”

Minister for Home Affairs said Customs and Border Protection will work closely with industry partners to facilitate trade while protecting the nation’s border.

The new offices had been converted from a former supermarket at a cost of $6 million. Customs and Border Protection has secured a 10-year lease on this building, with options for two five-year extensions.

“Australians can rest assured that the men and women who carry out important front-line duties to protect our borders are given the modern facilities they need to do their jobs,” Mr O’Connor said.

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