Mayor stands by jobs claims


Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Jon Bas­sett

KWINANA Mayor Carol Adams stands by claims any new outer port could have al­most 90,000 jobs – the cre­ation of which will be dis­cussed at the sec­ond Western Har­bours Al­liance (WHA) pub­lic fo­rum on Jan­uary 29.

Ms Adams said a 2014 Sin­clair Knight Merz and Western Trade Coast In­dus­tries Com­mit­tee re­port showed land near Kwinana’s coast now em­ployed 13,757 di­rectly and cre­ated another 18,274 jobs.

“Us­ing these em­ploy­ment fig­ures as a base­line, and know­ing that the land on the coast is 36.8 per cent utilised, it is es­ti­mated that once the in­dus­trial area is built out and the land is 100 per cent used this would gen­er­ate 37,383 di­rect jobs, 49,657 in­di­rect, and 87,040 in to­tal,” she said.

Last Septem­ber, after the col­lapse of the con­tro­ver­sial $1.6 bil­lion Perth Freight Link, the State Gov­ern­ment cre­ated a task­force to re­port on the vi­a­bil­ity of an outer port in 18 months.

At the first fo­rum in Fre­man­tle in Novem­ber, a packed pub­lic hall heard outer port sup­port­ers say WA was miss­ing out on the ef­fi­cien­cies of a mod­ern port away from the Swan River’s en­trance.

It was claimed an outer port would sup­port growth in lithium, hor­ti­cul­ture and agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries, while also ser­vic­ing in­creas­ingly large con­tainer ships whose truck-borne car­goes would be han­dled by the planned 1400ha Lat­i­tude 32 trans­fer sta­tion in Hope Val­ley.

Ms Adams said her coun­cil had talked with “many” trans­port, lo­gis­tics, man­u­fac­tur­ing and agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries that agreed a new port in Kwinana will al­low then to com­pete glob­ally.

How­ever, there are con­cerns dredg­ing, wharves and in­fra­struc­ture would dam­age Cock­burn Sound if a port was built at any of two likely sites south of the Hen­der­son ship­yards.

“The City of Kwinana’s pro­posal for a land-backed port has less en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact than an is­land-based port and will not de­stroy 400ha of sea grass, and all en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects will be fully con­sid­ered as part of the West­port Task­force process,” Ms Adams said.

Next Monday, Tianqi Lithium Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Phil Thick will talk about build­ing a lithium fac­tory in Kwinana, for­mer Man­durah mayor and Peel Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief Paddi Creevey will dis­cuss the re­gional need for a new port, and 360 En­vi­ron­men­tal di­rec­tor Michelle Rhodes will tackle en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.

Task­force chair Ni­cole Lock­wood will up­date the pub­lic on its work, which cur­rently com­prises col­lect­ing any missed as­pects for plan­ning for ports, their lo­gis­tics, en­vi­ron­men­tal and life­style is­sues un­til May.

Doors open at Jack­man Hall, Chisholm Av­enue, Kwinana, at 6.30pm, for a 7pm start, on Jan­uary 29.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial at

A new port’s han­dling of con­tainer truck will be dis­cussed at the fo­rum.

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