Strat­egy to re­duce port’s im­pact para­mount

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­TAIN­ING Fre­man­tle Port but re­duc­ing its im­pact on the com­mu­nity is part of the lat­est in­for­ma­tion the City of Fre­man­tle will pro­vide to the West­port task­force at an up­com­ing work­shop.

At a coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night, the City agreed on a state­ment that sup­ported “port-re­lated em­ploy­ment and ac­tiv­ity as­so­ci­ated with the in­ner har­bour, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing ser­vices and mar­itime in­dus­tries… to re­tain and if pos­si­ble ex­pand this eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in the fu­ture”.

Coun­cil­lors also sup­ported re­tain­ing the con­tainer han­dling fa­cil­ity at North Quay, op­ti­mis­ing the use of road and rail trans­port, Vic­to­ria Quay be­ing pro­gres­sively de­vel­oped for com­mu­nity, tourism and com­mer­cial pur­poses and the reaf­firmed sup­port for a wind farm on North Quay.

Cr Andrew Sul­li­van made four mi­nor amend­ments to the of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion to em­pha­sise that there would be “no greater im­pact and where pos­si­ble re­duces the im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity and ur­ban fab­ric from con­ges­tion, air qual­ity, noise and the trans­port of dan­ger­ous goods”.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously sup­ported the amend­ments but Cr Sam Wain­wright said there was no magic for­mula to mea­sure im­pact. Cr Hannah Fitzhardinge said it was im­por­tant to get a clear po­si­tion.

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