State Govt to go back to drawing board on plans for new facility at Fremantle Port


An artist’s impression of any new second container port south of Henderson.
An artist’s impression of any new second container port south of Henderson.

WA is going back to the drawing board with planning for its main export and import facility at Fremantle Port.

Last Thursday’s State Budget papers state the Government has identified the need to develop a new “whole of port master plan” for the Port of Fremantle to define the long-term development vision and planning framework to support it.

The papers also indicate that $20 million promised before the State Election to plan a second container port at Kwinana would be spread over many years with $1 million for the work in 2017-18 and $1.5 million for the subsequent two years and $2 million in 2020-21 in forward estimates.

There have been several hurdles to Fremantle port planning, including container truck traffic through gentrified East and North Fremantle, the need for a new cruise liner terminal and environmental impact on Cockburn Sound from a second port in Kwinana.

The budget papers say a Port of Fremantle “master plan” will be undertaken, starting with a “clean slate” approach, with extensive community consultation.

Western Harbours Alliance chair Kim Dravnieks said the concern now was lack of emphasis on a second port in the Budget papers, but the new lobby of community, government and business groups, including Rethink the Link, would work with Government to get the project established.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt wants any new port planning to include discussions on the potential development of Fremantle Port’s south quay, a passenger terminal, a new High Street-Stirling Highway intersection and a second port.

Asked if new planning created more uncertainty for residents, Dr Pettitt said it was an opportunity to decide the long-term future of Fremantle Port and do some “proper research” during a period of reduced container traffic.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti will speak on the future of freight in Perth at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event tomorrow.

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