Kwinana remains a strong focus in future container port plans

Westport Taskforce independent chair Nicole Lockwood
Westport Taskforce independent chair Nicole Lockwood

SEVENTEEN of the 25 scenarios proposed by the Westport Taskforce focus on Kwinana and its potential role in helping increase the state’s container port capacity.

Slides to be shown at the public events in seven local government areas reveal the different ways the Westport Taskforce thinks port capacity could grow.

There are four scenarios proposed for Bunbury, and four proposed for Fremantle.

The public will be able to view the slides at the public events which are listed on the Westport website.

An event in the City of Canning has also been added.

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The Kwinana meeting will be held on Saturday, June 15 at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre on Chisham Avenue.

Options being considered by the Westport Taskforce for Kwinana include any of nine stand-alone port options that could handle 3.8 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), or any of eight shared-port options that could handle up to 2.6 million TEU in conjunction with Fremantle.

Eleven of the options are in the north of the Cockburn Sound, and could be serviced by Rowley Road with two connecting to land north of the Shacks and nine connecting to land south of the Shacks.

Six of the port options are in the south of the Sound and could be serviced by Anketell Road, connected to land at the Kwinana Industrial Area between the Kwinana Bulk Jetty and Alcoa.

No options further south of the Kwinana Industrial Area will be considered.

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The 17 scenarios include 10 conventional port options, whether they be island, land-backed, or a hybrid of the two.

Seven light footprint port options could be serviced by an intermodal terminal at Latitude 32, with containers being moved by rapid automated vehicles.

The long-list of 25 scenarios will be shortlisted to a handful for further consideration by the Taskforce.

Its draft report is due out in October ahead of a final recommendation before the end of the year.