Year 5 stu­dent paint­ing her way to suc­cess

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jon Bas­sett

A HEAVY­WEIGHT Fre­man­tle Town Hall meet­ing of about 500 wharfies, other union­ists, fish­ers and some res­i­dents was told a sec­ond con­tainer port at Hen­der­son could be five to 20 years away.

“I was in Rot­ter­dam a few weeks ago and they were do­ing an outer har­bour and it took 20 years,” West­port task­force chair­man Tim Collins said at the meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

The State Govern­men­tini­ti­ated task­force was cre­ated af­ter pub­lic, in­dus­try and po­lit­i­cal pres­sure for a com­pre­hen­sive port, truck and lo­gis­tics plan for the South-West af­ter the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment’s failed bid to build the un­planned ex­ten­sion of the Roe 8 High­way to North Fre­man­tle in 2017.

MUA WA deputy sec­re­tary Adrian Evans said Fre­man­tle

Draw­ing from artis­tic skills

A ST Jerome’s Pri­mary School stu­dent is get­ting the most from her tal­ent.

Year 5 stu­dent Vrindha Yar­ram­reddy re­cently won the Fra An­gelico Award.

St Jerome’s Pri­mary School visual arts spe­cial­ist teacher Marisa Cipri­ano said it was only the sec­ond year the com­pe­ti­tion had been open to pri­mary school stu­dents.

“She cre­ated her piece Mary and El­iz­a­beth us­ing oil pas­tel on card,” she said.

“She was one of 30 stu­dents in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in af­ter-school art work­shops to hone her skills and cre­ate art­work in prepa­ra­tion for the An­gelico Art Ex­hi­bi­tion for Pri­mary Schools.” The theme of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion was ‘Year of Youth’.

Mrs Cipri­ano said she was de­lighted for Vrindha.

“(Her) com­mit­ment to her art­work was out­stand­ing,” she said.

Vrindha plans to con­tinue her art. Port could triple its an­nual con­tainer ca­pac­ity to more than 2.2 mil­lion and not reach its limit un­til 2045, caus­ing a res­i­dent to ask why a sec­ond port, touted to cost at least $6 bil­lion ini­tially, had to be in­ves­ti­gated by the task­force.

Mr Evans said devel­op­ers were lob­by­ing to build on North Quay in North Fre­man­tle, from which only 48 per cent of trucks left and ar­rived with full con­tain­ers.

He said there would be no need for a sec­ond port if cur­rent ca­pac­ity was in­creased by mea­sures such as con­tainer de­liv­er­ies out­side of nor­mal working hours and con­tin­u­ing ef­fi­cien­cies which had re­duced the num­ber of daily trucks by 580 since 2014.

Emerg­ing lithium pro­ces­sors did not need a sec­ond port be­cause their es­ti­mated ex­ports in 13,000 con­tain­ers could com­prise part of the 120,000 which left Fre­man­tle empty each year.

“Un­for­tu­nately that can’t hap­pen, as the lithium prod­uct ab­sorbs CO2 and there­fore must have its own spe­cialised con­tainer,” West­ern Har­bours Al­liance chair Kim Dravnieks said af­ter the meet­ing.

Fre­man­tle Har­bour master Al­lan Grey said size was the is­sue, as new 400m-long ves­sels would not use the port be­cause they re­quired up­grades to all Aus­tralian ports.

The task­force is due to pro­vide its ini­tial re­port next month. A GREATER Fre­man­tle ac­tion plan pro­duced by UWA and Com­mit­tee for Perth de­scribes Fre­man­tle as an “un­der­val­ued as­set”.

Fre­man­tle as a re-con­nected city - a FACTBase Spe­cial Re­port, re­leased to stake­hold­ers at the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum last month, ex­am­ined the com­mer­cial and so­cial fab­ric of greater Fre­man­tle and iden­ti­fied strengths and weak­nesses of the area.

The re­port rec­om­mended three key pri­or­i­ties for ac­tion: trans­for­ma­tion ca­pac­ity, ac­tions that a have strong busi­ness case and bar­rier re­movals.

The ac­tion plan in­clude five key goals: “eco­nomic growth across a range of sec­tors, ef­fi­cient con­nec­tiv­ity that sup­ports eco­nomic growth and re-de­vel­op­ment, a vi­brant cul­tural and com­mu­nity foun­da­tion, a global must stay and ex­pe­ri­ence Freo and a unique re­tail and hospi­tal­ity des­ti­na­tion”.

Fre­man­tle Chamber of Commerce chief ex­ec­u­tive Ol­wyn Wil­liams said mak­ing Fre­man­tle a greater place needed ev­ery­one at the table.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d485974

Vrindha Yar­ram­reddy with her piece Mary and El­iz­a­beth.

Pam­phlets out­lined the view of union­ists, in­clud­ing MUA na­tional pres­i­dent Chris Cain (right).

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