Industries within the WTC in 2014 employed 11,362 people and indirectly created employment for another 18,274 (2014 WTC Integrated Assessment Report – SKM). With over 4,000 hectares of land available for development it is predicted that there will be another 11,000 direct jobs, and for every 1 direct job, 3 new indirect jobs created.
The Minister of Transport has stated that there would be
no job losses from transitioning from Fremantle’s freight trade port to the new outer harbour; after retraining staff for the new jobs, this has been the case in comparable projects elsewhere around the world.
Future jobs are nowhere more important than in the Kwinana, Rockingham, Mandurah and surrounding regional centres of our state. High levels of youth unemployment and intergenerational workforce non-participation are becoming entrenched demographics in these areas, bringing social distress, dysfunction and cost. The Kwinana port can stimulate new employment opportunities for these communities.