Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IN re­sponse to re­cent de­bate over the Roe 8 project and the fu­ture of port de­vel­op­ment in WA, there is no easy fix.

But a new har­bour in Kwinana will cer­tainly go a long way to ad­dress­ing cur­rent and fu­ture freight con­ges­tion prob­lems.

Not only will it re­di­rect the heavy traf­fic cur­rently go­ing to Fre­man­tle away from res­i­den­tial ar­eas; it will also cre­ate thou­sands of di­rect and in­di­rect jobs.

By all means build a ‘Freight Link’, but build it from the Tonkin High­way straight across to the Kwinana In­dus­trial Area where the new port will be lo­cated in Cock­burn Sound.

The City of Kwinana, and more re­cently our South­ern Cor­ri­dor Al­liance Coun­cils (Rock­ing­ham, Kwinana, East Fre­man­tle, Cock­burn, Ar­madale and Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale) have been ad­vo­cat­ing for an Outer Har­bour to all who will lis­ten.

There is a need to start plan­ning for an Outer Har­bour im­me­di­ately, as in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment should be made on the ba­sis of sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth and must eclipse elec­tion cy­cles. Right now the south­ern cor­ri­dor of Perth is one of Aus­tralia’s fastest grow­ing, both in pop­u­la­tion and un­em­ploy­ment.

This is why an Outer Har­bour is needed as both an eco­nomic and em­ploy­ment stim­u­lus, as it will de­liver thou­sands of long-term di­rect and in­di­rect jobs.

WA busi­ness needs the con­fi­dence that comes with know­ing a cru­cial piece of in­fra­struc­ture will be there when it is needed and that means start­ing the process of plan­ning, up­grad­ing roads and gain­ing In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralian sup­port now.

We are hun­gry for this project, for the rea­sons out­lined above.

All we see cur­rently is a trans­port prob­lem be­ing shuf­fled from one com­mu­nity to an­other when there is a so­lu­tion at our doorstep which just makes sense. CAROL ADAMS, City of Kwinana Mayor.

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