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.