Response to ports flyer

Western Harbours Alliance responds to Fremantle flyer about ports.

A flyer recently distributed around Fremantle has resulted in questions being raised as to the authors, the unreferenced statements and the misconceptions it perpetrated, so WHA has put together responses to these statements. Page 1 / Page 2

The decision to plan for a container port in Kwinana or stay in Fremantle has to consider a wide variety of factors. These include not only the capacity for more containers in the old Fremantle Port, but what opportunities can open up for Fremantle if the valuable portside land was better utilised. Fremantle is already the best destination for cruise ships, heritage and its fantastic festivals. It could be a thriving entertainment precinct with the right utilisation of the harbourside, unrestricted by RORO vehicles, scrap metal, live animal shipments and dangerous cargos causing the area to have a large buffer zone restricting development.

Business as usual would mean these lost opportunities with little additional value for the Fremantle community but instead an increase in congestion, poorer air quality and health outcomes, noise problems and the ever present threat from movements of dangerous goods such as nitrates and sulphides to and from the port. It won’t be possible to have a container port in both locations though there would likely be a transition time of many years.  Fremantle needs to think about what the future could hold and how to make the transition. The port will always be there in some form but changes will happen and its citizens should be talking now about the opportunities that could open up.

 

DELOITTE AECOM must look to WA future in port investigation

DELOITTE AECOM must look to WA future in port investigation

The McGowan government’s Westport Taskforce announced on Thursday that Deloitte and AECOM have been awarded a $224,000 contract to investigate transport flows for the Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury ports for both shipping and traffic movements.

Western Harbours Alliance (WHA) is keen to see that this work incorporates and builds on the extensive Trade Flows and the Development of Westport report produced by Kwinana Industries Council and Infranomics earlier this year.

Kim Dravnieks, WHA Chair said “A high level of industry consultation went into the Trade Flows report, with 40 detailed interviews including Fremantle Port Authority, a thorough analysis of resources/agribusiness projects and with initial financial modeling incorporated.”

“The independent report identified previous trade forecasts, undertaken ahead of the proposed sale of Fremantle Port, could have been out by approx 30% including underestimating the transformational potential of Lithium Valley and the developing new energy metals industries.  Now is the time to solidly build on the new data with a keen eye to Western Australia’s future in the global arena.” Ms Dravnieks said.

“It is also important that the investigation has a specific focus on WA’s trading opportunities with its Indian Ocean connections, as against risking being too eastern states focused.” she said. “We hope Deloitte and AECOM take this on board, particularly with the huge potential emerging with Lithium Valley.”

“The 2017 election showed that the community was not going to tolerate any return to the Perth Freight Link debacle to increase freight into Fremantle so working to find sustainable transport solutions is high on our agenda.”

2018-08-24 Media Release – Deloitte, AECOM must look to WA future in port investigation