Port pressure concerns
The City of Kwinana has welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, with Mayor Carol Adams saying it further demonstrated the importance of an outer harbour at Kwinana to alleviate pressure on Fremantle Port.
Released last Thursday, the report recognised the need to improve port facilities to support WA’s container trade, with the container port in Fremantle said to be limited by urban development constraining road and rail connections.
In 2017- 18, Fremantle Port handled about 750,000 containers, and trade is expected to grow on average by 2.8 per cent each year between 2017- 18 and 2067- 68, which could see it reach capacity in about 15 years.
The report said capacity constraints would need addressing if the freight supply chain was to remain efficient, with additional container terminal facilities, whether located at the current Fremantle site, or at a new outer harbour at Kwinana, needing to be served by road and rail connections that provide capacity for growth over the economic life of the facilities.
Mrs Adams said she was buoyed by the report and said it was a further demonstration of the importance for an outer harbour and the State Government’s commitment to the Westport Project.
“The City hopes to see the timely development of a container terminal at the outer harbour in Kwinana, which would be the catalyst for economic growth and more local jobs to the region,” she said.
Mrs Adams added that a new port at Kwinana would also help strengthen WA to take full advantage of the battery metal boom.
The Westport Taskforce was announced in September 2017 to deliver a strategy to meet the future freight and trade logistics needs for Perth and surrounding regions, and will consider the development and growth of the Fremantle Port at the inner and outer harbours, as well as the potential for the Port of Bunbury to contribute to the handling of the growing trade task.
The Westport Taskforce strategy is expected to be released later this year.