THE City of Kwinana has welcomed the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, saying it continues to recognise the need to improve port facilities to support WA’s container trade.
The matter of Perth’s container terminal capacity and land transport access was added to the list, with the State Government as the proponent.
It had previously been on the Infrastructure Australia’s national list in 2016 as the Perth Freight Link initiative.
The summary said the capacity constraints of Fremantle Port would need to be addressed.
It said additional container terminal facilities, whether at the current port site or at a new outer harbour in Kwinana, would need to be served by road and rail connections.
The Westport Taskforce was announced in September 2017 to deliver an integrated strategy.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said she was buoyed by the report, as it further demonstrated the importance of the Outer Harbour in alleviating some of the pressures in Fremantle.
“The Infrastructure Australia report recognises the State Government’s commitment to the Westport Project and the City hopes to see the timely development of a container terminal at the Outer Harbour in Kwinana, which would be the catalyst for much-needed economic growth and more importantly, local jobs to the region,” she said.
“A new port in Kwinana will position the state to take full advantage of the battery metal boom and the City is excited to see these ideas progress and hopes the Westport taskforce will contribute to the body of work undertaken by IA when the Westport Strategy is released later in the year.”
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