Fresh push for Kwinana port Jon Bassett
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.