Big crowd at Freo fo­rum on new har­bour

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

There was a packed house in Fre­man­tle last Mon­day when a fo­rum on the po­ten­tial for an outer har­bour in Kwinana was well re­ceived by a bumper au­di­ence.

Or­gan­ised by the Western Har­bours Al­liance, West­port Task­force chair­woman Nicole Lock­wood was one of five speak­ers to present their vi­sion for the project and an­swer ques­tions from the gallery.

WHA chair­woman Kim Dravnieks said the event was a suc­cess and there was a grow­ing train of thought that the har­bour pro­posal in Cock­burn Sound would be­come a re­al­ity.

“It was ex­cel­lent, we had a packed house, in fact it was stand­ing room only and there were a lot of ques­tions af­ter­wards,” she said. “Nicole spoke very well about the project. She ac­cepted that there is a huge amount of in­for­ma­tion al­ready avail­able.

“We hope to have fu­ture con­ver­sa­tions on re­fin­ing de­liv­er­ables and are hope­ful that this is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Ms Dravnieks said there were still ques­tions that needed an­swered but she was hope­ful of real progress on the project by the time this State Gov­ern­ment’s ten­ure was up in 2021.

“There is a lot of work to be done and a lot of ques­tions to be an­swered but once peo­ple start think­ing about it, those an­swers will un­fold,” she said.

“This is so im­por­tant for WA.

“I would love to see some re­ally firm com­mit­ments on pro­gress­ing and re­ally look­ing at the depth of how this can ac­tu­ally help WA in the longer-term fu­ture — par­tic­u­larly around the eco­nom­ics.”

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams at­tended and said that with a di­verse crowd in­ter­ested in what the speak­ers had to say, the event was a “re­sound­ing suc­cess”.

“It was great to see such ma­ture and ro­bust dis­cus­sion dur­ing the Q and A por­tion of the event, par­tic­u­larly a keen in­ter­est from many of the au­di­ence around the need to look at al­ter­na­tive de­vel­op­ment for the Rouse Head side of the cur­rent port in Fre­man­tle as part of the plan­ning process,” she said.

“The City of Kwinana has agreed to host a sim­i­lar fo­rum early next year and, given the grow­ing in­ter­est in the Kwinana Outer Har­bour project, I would an­tic­i­pate it would be sim­i­larly well at­tended.”

I would love to see some re­ally firm com­mit­ments on pro­gress­ing and re­ally look­ing at the depth of how this can ac­tu­ally help WA. Kim Dravnieks

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