Strategy to reduce port’s impact paramount
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.