Port fo­cus of Singapore trip

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the City of Kwinana trav­elled to Singapore ear­lier this month as part of the South West Group’s 2018 Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Tour.

Mayor Carol Adams and di­rec­tor of city reg­u­la­tions Maria Cooke joined ex­ec­u­tive staff from the Ci­ties of Cock­burn, Melville, East Fre­man­tle and Fre­man­tle.

The Kwinana duo had the op­por­tu­nity to meet with a host of dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions, with the way Singapore’s port in­fra­struc­ture op­er­ates of spe­cific in­ter­est.

Mayor Adams said Kwinana could learn from the way Singapore ap­proached its plan­ning regime.

“Singapore has cer­tainly done an amaz­ing job since its in­de­pen­dence and our re­gion could cer­tainly learn some valu­able lessons from them in line with the four key themes of the tour which ex­plored hous­ing den­sity, pub­lic trans­port in­te­gra­tion, port de­vel­op­ment and green sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives,” she said.

“From Kwinana’s per­spec­tive, Singapore is one of the world’s largest trans­ship­ment hubs and the trip in­cluded high level dis­cus­sions about its mega Tuas Port de­vel­op­ment, which when com­pleted will han­dle up to 65 mil­lion con­tain­ers an­nu­ally.

“This is of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance when you con­sider the Kwinana outer har­bour is be­ing planned to han­dle up to 6 mil­lion over the next 50 years and Fre­man­tle Ports cur­rently han­dles around 750,000 con­tain­ers per year.”

A full re­port on the tour itin­er­ary and out­comes will be con­sid­ered at South West Group board meet­ing in June 2018.

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