Year 5 student painting her way to success
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.
Vrindha Yarramreddy with her piece Mary and Elizabeth.
Pamphlets outlined the view of unionists, including MUA national president Chris Cain (right).