Infrastructure expert calls for a new port
DALKEITH infrastructure advisor and Mainsheet Capital director Cameron Edwards said the western suburbs needs a second port, container hub and industrial park built in Kwinana.
“Developing Kwinana will remove road freight from travelling north up through Cottesloe, as they will in future go north along Tonkin Highway from a second port,” Mr Edwards, a former Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA infrastructure committee member, said.
Mr Edwards advocates the Town of Kwinana’s 2015 Indian Ocean Gateway proposal, which is battling the controversial Perth Freight Link (PFL).
Last week, Mr Edwards said Gateway was estimated to generate about $42 billion annually.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion redirected questions to his previous statements, which said cancelling the PFL risked 3300 jobs, the current $1.2 billion in Federal funds and would keep trucks in southern suburbs.
Labor transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said, if elected, second port planning would comprise environmental studies, upgrades for Tonkin Highway, Anketell and Rowley roads and rail, while Infrastructure Australia would be “engaged” for Federal funds with “some” private financing considered.