DALKIETH corporate adviser and Infranomics director Cameron Edwards has a case for an outer port at Kwinana.
“The only solution is Kwinana because it has 4000ha of land,” Mr Edwards said at the launch of the Westport taskforce investigating the project last Tuesday.
He said a new port with twin heavy rail lines could “future proof” WA’s trade with jobs created by industries in any adjacent business park, secure nearby defence industries and rejuvenate Fremantle waterfront while relieving that city’s road freight.
This year, 38 per cent of containers that left Fremantle Port were empty, 10 per cent contained hay and chaff, 6 per cent waste paper and 3 per cent scrap metals.
Mr Edwards said a new port could alter the current imbalance of the state “basically importing a lot of finished goods in containers, and exporting bulk materials”.
But the port faces some opposition, including Maritime Union of Australia secretary Chris Cain who said WA should not commit to its cost when state debt was $32 billion and rising.
A taskforce, led by Freight Logistics Council chairwoman Nicole Lockwood, is expected to complete a report on the project in two years.