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  • Moving on freight, Canning Gazette 17/10/2019

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  • Maritime Union of Australia pulls out of Westport Taskforce claiming ‘extreme bias’ for new harbour over Fremantle, The West Australian 05/10/2019

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    By Josh Zimmerman

    The wharfies’ union has pulled out of the Westport Taskforce process, claiming “extreme bias” towards a new outer harbour at the expense of extending the life of Fremantle Port.

    Shadow transport minister Libby Mettam agreed, labelling the Westport Taskforce a “flawed process designed to come up with a pre-determined outcome” and implored the McGowan Government to focus on constructing the Roe 8 and 9 road projects.

    Fearful of the impact of automation on existing jobs, the WA-branch of the Maritime Union of Australia is opposed to a new container port at Cockburn Sound.

    MUA (WA) deputy secretary...

    By Josh Zimmerman

    The wharfies’ union has pulled out of the Westport Taskforce process, claiming “extreme bias” towards a new outer harbour at the expense of extending the life of Fremantle Port.

    Shadow transport minister Libby Mettam agreed, labelling the Westport Taskforce a “flawed process designed to come up with a pre-determined outcome” and implored the McGowan Government to focus on constructing the Roe 8 and 9 road projects.

    Fearful of the impact of automation on existing jobs, the WA-branch of the Maritime Union of Australia is opposed to a new container port at Cockburn Sound.

    MUA (WA) deputy secretary Adrian Evans said the union had been denied access to reports and information underpinning on the Westport taskforce’s recent short-listing of five options to meet WA’s future freight needs. – all of which include the construction of a new port in Kwinana.

    “It is clear to us no matter what the facts say the intention of this Taskforce is to recommend a massive new container port is operating in Cockburn Sound within 10-15 years,” he said.

    “The justification for building a new container port is based on trade projections requiring every man, woman, and child in WA tripling their consumption of overseas goods by 2068 – that fact alone should indicate something’s wrong with this so-called plan and should raise red flags.”

    Mr Evans accused the independent taskforce of “manipulating data” and using biased language in its reports to ensure the final recommendation was a new outer harbour.

    ‘We don’t know why this ‘Taskfarce’ has ignored real, proven solutions that wouldn’t destroy the environment, are industry led, and would save over $6 billion of taxpayers money,” he said.

    The bitter feud between the MUA – a key union in WA Labor – and the McGowan Government escalated to new heights over the past month with Premier Mark McGowan claiming he received death threats from MUA members after 200 of them rallied outside a Westport Taskforce briefing last month.

    Prior to that, the MUA failed to pass a motion to keep Fremantle Port operational for at least 14 more years at WA Labor’s state conference in August.

    A Westport Taskforce spokeswoman thanked the MUA for its input to the process and “strongly refuted” any claims of bias, saying the process had been peer reviewed throughout.

    “We understand that the MUA have a clear view on Fremantle remaining Perth’s only container port for the long-term, which diverges from Westport’s findings,” she said.

    Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the MUA “clearly have a particular view” and were attempting to undermine the Westport Taskforce which had carried out a “rigorous” multi-criteria analysis to arrive at the five shortlisted options.

    “They have their own views, but I think they are not views that are well supported by any fact,” she said.


  • Why I'm with the wharfies, Weekend West 05/10/2019

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  • Harbour talks exit, Weekend West 05/10/2019

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  • MPs told: get out of the Roe, West Australian 04/10/2019

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    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts - such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    "Now that almost three quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won't refer it to the independent body they created," CCIWA chief...

    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts - such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    "Now that almost three quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won't refer it to the independent body they created," CCIWA chief executive Chris Rodwell said.

    Mr Rodwell said a "circuit breaker" was required to remove the politics from Roe 8 and 9 after the project was a key plank in the platforms of both the Liberal and Labor parties at the 2017 election.

    The CCIWA poll comes after the McGowan Government specifically instructed the Westport Taskforce not to assess what impact building Roe 8 and 9 would have on extending the working life of Fremantle port.

    But Mr Rodwell insisted Roe 8 and 9 would still be required to battle growing congestion, even in the event of a drastic fall in truck traffic to and from the port.

    "Congestion in Fremantle isn't caused by trucks, which only account for around 10 per cent of total traffic," he said.

    "It's caused by passenger vehicle trips. According to Infrastructure Australia's 2019 Audit, by 2031, Fremantle residents will only be able to access between 15-20 per cent of all jobs in Greater Perth within 30 minutes by car during morning peak traffic.

    "This means that even if the State Government progresses with Westport's recommendation to shift Perth's port from Fremantle to Kwinana, it will still need to fix Fremantle's road congestion issues." A McGowan Government spokeswoman said Infrastructure WA's "first and immediate priority" was developing a 20-year infrastructure strategy to guide future projects. "It is only once ...

    the strategy is complete that IWA will be able to start carrying out its other work such as assessing infrastructure proposals and working with Infrastructure Australia in securing more funding from Canberra," she said.

    "The Wesport Taskforce has also found that even if the grossly expensive Roe 8/9 project was built, billions of dollars would still have to be spent on other road and rail upgrades such as a massive widening of Curtin Avenue."

  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry polling reveals WA wants MPs out of Roe 8 and 9 talks, The West Australian 03/10/2019

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    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts — such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    “Now that almost three-quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won’t refer it to the independent body they created,” CCIWA chief executive...

    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts — such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    “Now that almost three-quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won’t refer it to the independent body they created,” CCIWA chief executive Chris Rodwell said.

    Mr Rodwell said a “circuit- breaker” was required to remove the politics from Roe 8 and 9 after the project was a key plank in the platforms of both the Liberal and Labor parties at the 2017 election.

    The CCIWA poll comes after the McGowan Government specifically instructed the Westport Taskforce not to assess what impact building Roe 8 and 9 would have on extending the working life of Fremantle port.

    But Mr Rodwell insisted Roe 8 and 9 would still be required to battle growing congestion, even in the event of a drastic fall in truck traffic to and from the port.

    “Congestion in Fremantle isn’t caused by trucks, which only account for around 10 per cent of total traffic,” he said.

    “It’s caused by passenger vehicle trips. According to Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Audit, by 2031, Fremantle residents will only be able to access between 15-20 per cent of all jobs in Greater Perth within 30 minutes by car during morning peak traffic.

    “This means that even if the State Government progresses with Westport’s recommendation to shift Perth’s port from Fremantle to Kwinana, it will still need to fix Fremantle’s road congestion issues.”

    A McGowan Government spokeswoman said Infrastructure WA’s “first and immediate priority” was developing a 20-year infrastructure strategy to guide future projects.

    “It is only once ... the strategy is complete that IWA will be able to start carrying out its other work such as assessing infrastructure proposals and working with Infrastructure Australia in securing more funding from Canberra,” she said.

    “The Wesport Taskforce has also found that even if the grossly expensive Roe 8/9 project was built, billions of dollars would still have to be spent on other road and rail upgrades such as a massive widening of Curtin Avenue.”


  • No tunnel vision, Fremantle Herald 28/09/2019

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  • Port meet had bigger fish to fry, Subiaco Post 21/09/2019

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  • Port brawl gets ugly for Labor, Fremantle Herald 21/09/2019

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  • Harbour protest targets councils, Cockburn Gazette 19/09/2019

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