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  • Ship forum, Bunbury Herald 16/4/2019

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  • New Southern Ports chief looks to the future of Bunbury port, Bunbury Mail 15/4/2019

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    Author: Jesinta Burton

    The Port of Bunbury is set to play an increasing role in Perth's growing freight task, according to new Southern Ports Authority chief executive Steve Lewis.

    After 12 weeks in his new role overseeing ports at Bunbury, Albany and Esperance, Mr Lewis shared his vision for the future at the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 'Over the Horizon' conference.

    With the state government's Westport Strategy currently assessing how Perth's freight trask will be handled over the next century, Mr Lewis said he believed the port's future was closely tied with that of Perth city.

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    Author: Jesinta Burton

    The Port of Bunbury is set to play an increasing role in Perth's growing freight task, according to new Southern Ports Authority chief executive Steve Lewis.

    After 12 weeks in his new role overseeing ports at Bunbury, Albany and Esperance, Mr Lewis shared his vision for the future at the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 'Over the Horizon' conference.

    With the state government's Westport Strategy currently assessing how Perth's freight trask will be handled over the next century, Mr Lewis said he believed the port's future was closely tied with that of Perth city.

    "My view is that, regardless, Bunbury will play an increasing role in the Perth freight task - it will just be driven by the pure economics and the growth," he said.

    "Regardless of when that starts and how that starts, we'll be growing organically in the meantime.

    "Ports are gateways - they're gateways to the world, they're gateways to the state.

    "Because of that, we have a unique place in the value chain - we're right in the middle of that.

    "We have the ability to add value from that perspective.

    "We're very conscious of the fact that we're about facilitating trade but also regional development and jobs.

    "Like communities, ports are going to be around the hundreds of years - we have to think long term and about sustainability."

    With the largest land holding of any port in Australia, Mr Lewis also flagged opportunities for growth and expansion at the Bunbury port.

    "We've [Southern Ports Authority] got an asset with 400 odd hectares of land around a port - it's amazing," he said.

    "There is really good scope there.

    "It's a really great example of an intergenerational asset where the people that came before us did that work, got that land and established it.

    "I very much appreciate the City of Bunbury's work in preserving it."

    Mr Lewis was appointed in January 2019 following the resignation of previous-chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin and has more than 15 years of experience as a chief executive officer within the industry.

    Looking back on his career, Mr Lewis said he felt that his whole working life had been directed towards becoming the chief executive officer of Southern Ports Authority.

    "I am very excited by the opportunity of having those three ports and taking them somewhere," he said.

    "We're open for business, as we always have been, and I'm very excited about being the new CEO of Southern Ports.

    "You will hear us doing more and more in the space of having a good, sustainable business and making sure our community grows regional development and jobs."

    To have your say on the Westport Strategy, visit www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport

  • Freight footprint mapped out, Melville Times 16/4/2019

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  • Hear the latest news on the Westport Strategy at free community event, Bunbury Herald 16/4/2019

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    Development of the Westport Strategy is well underway.

    Recommendations from Westport’s investigations will guide the development of a globally competitive, environmentally responsible plan for WA’s freight network for the next 50 years and beyond.

    Interested to hear more? Nicole Lockwood, Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, will be presenting an update at a series of free community events throughout May and June.

    Community members will be able to provide their feedback to Westport at these events.

    Come along to the Bunbury events held on Thursday 6 June 7.30am to 9am and 5.30pm to 7pm.

    Register at https://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport-events/ news_feed/6-jun-2019-city-of-bunbury-community-event

    Development of the Westport Strategy is well underway.

    Recommendations from Westport’s investigations will guide the development of a globally competitive, environmentally responsible plan for WA’s freight network for the next 50 years and beyond.

    Interested to hear more? Nicole Lockwood, Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, will be presenting an update at a series of free community events throughout May and June.

    Community members will be able to provide their feedback to Westport at these events.

    Come along to the Bunbury events held on Thursday 6 June 7.30am to 9am and 5.30pm to 7pm.

    Register at https://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport-events/ news_feed/6-jun-2019-city-of-bunbury-community-event

  • McGowan Government Budget: $1.52b aimed to fix Perth’s congestion, The West Australian 14/4/2019

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    Author: Joe Spagnolo

    Eight new road projects worth $1.52 billion will be the centrepiece of the McGowan Government’s third Budget in May.

    Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will today release details of the projects which will start next year, creating 7000 jobs.

    The works, using State and Commonwealth funds, will tackle some of our most congested intersections and roads throughout the Tonkin Highway corridor.

    Work will also address the Tonkin Highway bottleneck that stretches across the Swan River from Guildford Road to Great Eastern Highway.

    “This package will be a centrepiece of our Budget and will transform...

    Author: Joe Spagnolo

    Eight new road projects worth $1.52 billion will be the centrepiece of the McGowan Government’s third Budget in May.

    Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will today release details of the projects which will start next year, creating 7000 jobs.

    The works, using State and Commonwealth funds, will tackle some of our most congested intersections and roads throughout the Tonkin Highway corridor.

    Work will also address the Tonkin Highway bottleneck that stretches across the Swan River from Guildford Road to Great Eastern Highway.

    “This package will be a centrepiece of our Budget and will transform our eastern suburbs,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

    “It will bust congestion and allow motorists to spend less time in their cars.

    “We have been responsible financial managers and secured significant Commonwealth funding for WA.

    “Our record investment in roads and also Metronet is supporting our economy and creating thousands of jobs.”

    Work on the Tonkin Highway will also get under way next year, with the Government estimating that work alone will create 520 jobs. It includes:

    • WIDENING Tonkin Highway from Great Eastern Highway to just north of Guildford Road ($58 million State funding and $232 million Federal funding).
    • UPGRADING separated interchanges at Kelvin and Welshpool roads and a new flyover at Hale Road ($73m State, $293m Federal).
    • EXTENDING Tonkin Highway from Thomas Road to South Western Highway in Mundijong ($101m State, $404m Federal).

    Work on Roe Highway projects will also start next year, creating 1050 jobs. This includes:

    • GREAT Eastern Highway Bypass grade separated interchanges at Roe Highway and Abernethy Road ($36m State, $144m Federal).
    • ABERNETHY Road upgrade ($13.25m State, $13.25m Federal).

    The State’s most congested intersection at Tonkin Highway and Welshpool Road will be fixed, as part of the works.

    Perth’s seventh-most congested intersection at Leach Highway and Welshpool Road will also be fixed with a grade separated interchange ($46.5m State, $46.5m Federal). Construction also starts next year.

    Further works will be done at Lloyd Street, Thomas Road and Nicholson Road.

    A further $156m, estimated to deliver a further 1000 jobs, is already committed for eastern suburb projects, including completing the Reid Highway duplication and the Roe Highway-Kalamunda Road interchange. These two projects will commence this year.

    Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the aim was to fix some of the most congested traffic spots in Perth.

    She said the work would also create a “free-flowing connection to the future Outer Harbour”.

    “Over the next couple of years 8000 jobs will be created to get these road projects built. This package now means we will be building 28 major road projects in the metro area,” she said.

    Work on Perth’s new passenger rail network, Metronet, is due to start late this year.

    This includes the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, Bayswater Station redevelopment for the planned Ellenbrook line and the Yanchep rail extension.


  • $1.7 billion transformation of Tonkin Highway and eastern corridor, Ministerial Media Release 14/4/19

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    Sunday, 14 April 2019
    • Eight new eastern corridor job-creating road projects fully funded in State Budget
    • 8,000 new jobs to be created over the coming years
    • Projects add to record-breaking road investment scheduled across Perth and regions
    • Tonkin Highway transformation set for the eastern and southern suburbs
    • The State's most congested intersection at Tonkin Highway and Welshpool Road will be fixed as part of this 'boosting jobs, busting congestion' package
    • Major road upgrades to facilitate direct connections to the future Outer Harbour

    The McGowan Labor Government has launched another major roads package as part of the 2019-20 State Budget, to...


    Sunday, 14 April 2019
    • Eight new eastern corridor job-creating road projects fully funded in State Budget
    • 8,000 new jobs to be created over the coming years
    • Projects add to record-breaking road investment scheduled across Perth and regions
    • Tonkin Highway transformation set for the eastern and southern suburbs
    • The State's most congested intersection at Tonkin Highway and Welshpool Road will be fixed as part of this 'boosting jobs, busting congestion' package
    • Major road upgrades to facilitate direct connections to the future Outer Harbour

    The McGowan Labor Government has launched another major roads package as part of the 2019-20 State Budget, to transform roads across Perth's eastern suburbs and throughout the Tonkin Highway corridor.

    As a signature component of the upcoming Budget, the latest package of works will tackle some of Perth's most congested intersections and roads. It will also address the bottleneck on Tonkin Highway that stretches across the Swan River from Guildford Road to Great Eastern Highway.

    The eastern suburbs package adds to the 20 major road projects that are currently underway or about to start construction across the entire Perth metropolitan area.

    This year's State Budget will include $1.52 billion for eight new road projects across the eastern suburbs of Perth. A further $156 million is already committed for eastern suburban projects, including completing the Reid Highway duplication and the Roe Highway-Kalamunda Road interchange. These two projects will commence in 2019, creating 1,000 jobs.

    The Tonkin Highway Transformation will get underway in 2020, creating 5,200 jobs:

    • Tonkin Highway Gap - widening Tonkin Highway from Great Eastern Highway to just north of Guildford Road ($58 million State, $232 million Federal);
    • Tonkin Highway grade separated interchanges at Kelvin and Welshpool roads and a new flyover at Hale Road ($73 million State, $293 million Federal); and
    • Tonkin Highway extension from Thomas Road to South Western Highway in Mundijong ($101 million State, $404 million Federal).

    The Roe Highway package of projects will also start in 2020, creating 1,050 jobs:

    • Great Eastern Highway Bypass grade separated interchanges at Roe Highway and Abernethy Road ($36 million State, $144 million Federal); and
    • Abernethy Road Upgrade ($13.25 million State, $13.25 million Federal).

    The seventh most congested intersection at Leach Highway and Welshpool Road will also be fixed with a grade separated interchange, creating 400 jobs ($46.5 million State, $46.5 million Federal), with construction starting in 2020.

    Further works to commence in the eastern suburbs in 2020 will include:

    • Lloyd Street Extension from Great Eastern Highway Bypass to Clayton Street in Midland ($20 million State, $20 million Federal), creating 245 jobs; and
    • Thomas Road and Nicholson Road intersection upgrade in Oakford ($10 million State, $10 million Federal), creating 105 jobs.

    Now with Budget certainty, the State Government will proceed with the final detailed design and necessary environmental approvals.

    The McGowan Government has successfully made the case for this investment with both the Federal Government and Federal Opposition, laying the groundwork of planning, business case preparation and ongoing advocacy.

    This has paid off - securing the Commonwealth contributions for each of the projects in its recent budget and securing a commitment from Federal Labor to at least match the funding in the Federal Budget.

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

    "This package of transformation projects is a signature component of the 2019-20 Budget.

    "This $1.7 billion roads package will deliver long-lasting improvements for motorists, and it will help to support our economy by creating 8,000 jobs for Western Australians.

    "We're getting things done and delivering record funding for roads due to my Government's responsible financial management and success in securing Commonwealth funding.

    "Our record investment in major road projects and METRONET will set up our suburbs for the long-term and deliver benefits to Western Australians, now and into the future."

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    "These are exciting projects that are entwined with our election commitments for METRONET and creating better freight links to the future Outer Harbour.

    "The Tonkin Highway Gap project, for example, will be built to accommodate the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, fixing a well-known bottleneck and enabling METRONET works to coincide with road construction.

    "Meanwhile, our grade separations will fix some of the most congested and dangerous intersections in Perth where motorists often wait several traffic light cycles to get through in peak hour.

    "It's hard to remember a time when WA had this much transport infrastructure either under construction or undergoing planning. This Government is setting the foundation for Perth to grow sustainably with excellent road and rail connections.

    "The McGowan Government has projects scheduled or underway to improve 18 out of 20 intersections that were listed as the State's most congested in 2016."

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  • Trade terminology clash, Weekend Courier Rockingham 12/4/2019

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  • Taskforce takes strategy options on the road, Weekend Courier Rockingham 12/4/2019

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  • Westport Taskforce to release 25 scenarios in May, Weekend Courier 10/4/2019

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    Author: Jaime Shurmer

    FULLBRIGHT Fellowship recipient Caitlin Cain attracted some criticism for suggesting the Western Trade Coast become a Special Economic Zone.

    Ms Cain was in Perth from the US for 42 days to prepare a report on the way forward for the WTC, sponsored by the Western Harbours Alliance and Curtin University.

    The report was released at a breakfast organised by the Alliance, where Ms Cain said the WTC must become globally competitive and address local unemployment.

    She suggested a Special Economic Zone, or single entity model, would provide one front door for investors.

    There are 4500 SEZ’s globally...

    Author: Jaime Shurmer

    FULLBRIGHT Fellowship recipient Caitlin Cain attracted some criticism for suggesting the Western Trade Coast become a Special Economic Zone.

    Ms Cain was in Perth from the US for 42 days to prepare a report on the way forward for the WTC, sponsored by the Western Harbours Alliance and Curtin University.

    The report was released at a breakfast organised by the Alliance, where Ms Cain said the WTC must become globally competitive and address local unemployment.

    She suggested a Special Economic Zone, or single entity model, would provide one front door for investors.

    There are 4500 SEZ’s globally with none in Australia.

    But Westport Taskforce independent chair Nicole Lockwood challenged Ms Cain’s terminology, and many interviewees for the report also suggested the terminology should be changed.

    Australia has no Special Economic Zones because special taxation – the usual premise of a Special Economic Zone – is not permitted under the Constitution.

    In response to Ms Lockwood, Ms Cain said she was talking about applying SEZ as a business management model, without the taxation element.

    Ms Lockwood did agree that streamlined management was needed, and she mentioned the work Westport was now doing in partnership with local governments in relation to port expansions.

    Up to $50,000 of ratepayers money is paying for this governance work via the South West Group which represents six south metropolitan councils.

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    On April 4, Kwinana Industries Council Chris Oughton told the Kwinana Courier the KIC had also called for an SEZ, complying with State and Federal laws, in 2017.

    “The use of the term SEZ aligns with international terminology – in Kwinana’s case it would say to the businesses of the world that a SEZ exists here in WA, and the international community would recognise this.”

    “It is the international community that we would want to attract to the Kwinana Industrial Area, so we need to speak their language.”

    Ms Cain said Australia was lagging behind and WA unemployment was 6.6 percent, going up to 9 per cent within the Western Trade Coast.

    She described the WTC as “a true gem” and said now was the time to capitalise on it, with “lithium the new steel”.

    Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams asked Ms Cain the response to the report from those higher up in government, and Ms Cain said there was a common thread – awareness that something needs to happen.

    To view the report, visit Western Harbours Alliance.


  • Westport Taskforce to release 25 scenarios in May, Weekend Courier 10/4/2019

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    Author: Jaime Shurmer

    THE Westport Taskforce will hold events in six local governments in May to display 25 different scenarios.

    The Taskforce is working on a strategy document that will help the State Government plan for Perth’s freight needs for the next 50 years and beyond.

    People at the events will be shown the physical footprint of each proposed site and the road and rail supply chains to those sites.

    Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana are the three locations being investigated by the Taskforce, and a combination of two sites is also on the table, Taskforce independent chair Nicole Lockwood said....

    Author: Jaime Shurmer

    THE Westport Taskforce will hold events in six local governments in May to display 25 different scenarios.

    The Taskforce is working on a strategy document that will help the State Government plan for Perth’s freight needs for the next 50 years and beyond.

    People at the events will be shown the physical footprint of each proposed site and the road and rail supply chains to those sites.

    Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana are the three locations being investigated by the Taskforce, and a combination of two sites is also on the table, Taskforce independent chair Nicole Lockwood said.

    Some designs are considered to be ‘light touch’ footprints with minimal physical and environmental impact, Ms Lockwood said.

    In Fremantle, the Westport Taskforce is looking at the capacity of road and rail in, and the feasibility of coastal shipping from Fremantle to either Bunbury or Kwinana, she said.

    In Bunbury, it is looking at heavily expanding road and rail for a full-task port, or shared-task facility with another location.

    In Kwinana, a land-backed option is being considered for the central or southern parts of the Cockburn Sound.

    A land-backed facility could not be supported in the north of the Sound, Ms Lockwood said, but ‘island’ options involving an offshore facility would be considered anywhere in the Sound.

    Ms Lockwood said Latitude 32 was relevant for a container port in the northern and central parts of the Sound but less so for the southern end of the Sound.

    Costings will not be known at the May events, however, as the scenarios are just concepts at this stage.

    By the end of May, the long list will be shortened with just a handful of scenarios to be explored further.

    The Taskforce’s draft report is due out in October and the full Westport: Port and Environs Strategy will be available by the end of the year.

    To register attendance at the Westport events, or to subscribe to their Beacon newsletter updates, visit Westport Events.

    WESTPORT EVENTS

    City of Kwinana

    Saturday, June 15 1.30pm to 3pm at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, Kwinana.

    City of Rockingham

    Thursday, May 16 9.30am to11am at the City of Rockingham Administration Building, Civic Boulevard.

    City of Cockburn

    Tuesday, May 7 7.30am to 9am at the City of Cockburn Administration Building, Spearwood.

    City of Fremantle

    Wednesday, May 15 9.30am to 11.30am at the Fremantle Town Hall, William Street.

    City of Melville

    Wednesday, May 22 9.30am to 11am at the Level 2 Conference Room in the City of Melville Civic Centre, Almondbury Road, Booragoon.