New port a good idea, says Bar­nett

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE MLA Colin Bar­nett has in­di­cated faster plan­ning for a new Kwinana con­tainer port fol­low­ing com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion to the Perth Freight Link (PFL).

“It might be a good idea to make a de­ci­sion on a new outer har­bour very soon, but even if we started to­day it wouldn’t be op­er­at­ing for 10 years,” Mr Bar­nett told a North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion PFL meet­ing last Tues­day.

The new port had a claimed cost-ben­e­fit ra­tio of about $8.76 gen­er­ated for each dol­lar spent when the La­bor Op­po­si­tion ap­proved the con­cept de­sign in 2007. Mr Bar­nett said a re­port he had read in­di­cated the PFL had a cost-ben­e­fit ra­tio of “about 2.5”, and he said a new port could cost “about $4 bil­lion”.

He said cost could also pre­vent the not-yet-de­signed sec­tion of the PFL from South Lake to North Fre­man­tle, but the Roe 8 com­po­nent through Beel­iar wet­lands to Stock Road, cost­ing “less than $500 mil­lion”, would be built, tak­ing a claimed 2000 trucks off Leach High­way daily.

Some of Mr Bar­nett’s western sub­urbs’ elec­tors fear the PFL will fun­nel more trucks and cars to Curtin Av­enue and Stir­ling High­way, af­ter the Fre­man­tle Port Au­thor­ity es­ti­mated trucks us­ing its wharves would quadru­ple to 13,200 daily by 2030.

Mr Bar­nett said he could not guar­an­tee Cottes­loe and Mos­man Park res­i­dents would have fewer trucks from the PFL, but there could be “a string of fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives” and “a com­pul­sion” for trucks to use the PFL south to Roe High­way.

No de­ci­sions had yet been made about the in­ter­changes and fly­overs needed for the PFL.

He said even if the 14 per cent of port con­tain­ers now car­ried by rail was in­creased to 30 per cent, an even­tual dou­bling of Fre­man­tle Port con­tain­ers would still mean 70 per cent were moved on trucks.

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