In­fras­truc­ture ex­pert calls for a new port

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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