Fresh push for Kwinana port Jon Bas­sett

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

DALKEITH strate­gic eco­nomic ad­viser Cameron Ed­wards wants grow­ing hor­ti­cul­ture and agri­cul­ture ex­ports, as well as re­sources for the dig­i­tal age such as lithium, to be con­sid­ered at a Fre­man­tle pub­lic fo­rum about a new Kwinana port next week.

He and other new port ad­vo­cates claim a fa­cil­ity south of Hen­der­son would cre­ate about 37,000 di­rect jobs, in ad­di­tion to new ex­port in­dus­tries on about 4000ha of ad­ja­cent va­cant land.

It is ar­gued that creat­ing economies of scale would al­low smaller ex­porters, such as av­o­cado, spe­cial­ist beef, lamb and malt grow­ers, to pig­gy­back on ex­ports cur­rently dom­i­nated by bulk re­sources, empty con­tain­ers or those filled with un­pro­cessed goods such as chaff.

Mr Ed­wards said shift­ing the trade from Fre­man­tle to Kwinana was no dif­fer­ent from chang­ing the use of the site of the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum in Fre­man­tle Har­bour.

“That was once Perth’s old naval ship­yards be­fore we moved them to Hen­der­son where they’ve boomed,” Mr Ed­wards said.

The new port fo­rum is on Novem­ber 20 from 7pm at Vic­to­ria Hall, Fre­man­tle.

New port ad­vo­cates say mov­ing con­tainer trade could open up a new fu­ture for WA ex­ports.

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