OUTER HARBOUR IS A SOLUTION
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.