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  • Kwinana outer harbour plans give rise to the Fish Army, taking up the Roe 8 environment protest mantle, ABC 14/09/2019

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    By Benjamin Gubana

    A new brand of militant activists are hoping to derail the WA Government's plans to build an outer harbour by waging an environmental war similar to the successful campaign to kill off the Roe 8 highway expansion.

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    By Benjamin Gubana

    A new brand of militant activists are hoping to derail the WA Government's plans to build an outer harbour by waging an environmental war similar to the successful campaign to kill off the Roe 8 highway expansion.

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  • The WA Government has hailed plans for an outer harbour in Kwinana, ABC TV 13/09/2019

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  • MUA leaves Unions WA, Business News 13/09/2019

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    Author: Mark Beyer

    The Maritime Union of Australia has voted to break its affiliation with Unions WA in protest over the
    McGowan government’s plans for a new container port at Cockburn Sound.

    MUA WA branch secretary Christy Cain issued a short statement announcing the decision.

    “The decision to pull out of the peak union body comes as a result of some of the Unions WA affiliates
    actively campaigning along with the McGowan government to close the port in Fremantle and build an
    unnecessary $6 billion-plus automated port in Cockburn Sound,” Mr Cain said.

    The MUA, which has about 3,000 members...

    Author: Mark Beyer

    The Maritime Union of Australia has voted to break its affiliation with Unions WA in protest over the
    McGowan government’s plans for a new container port at Cockburn Sound.

    MUA WA branch secretary Christy Cain issued a short statement announcing the decision.

    “The decision to pull out of the peak union body comes as a result of some of the Unions WA affiliates
    actively campaigning along with the McGowan government to close the port in Fremantle and build an
    unnecessary $6 billion-plus automated port in Cockburn Sound,” Mr Cain said.

    The MUA, which has about 3,000 members in Western Australia, has retained its affiliation with the
    Australian Labor Party WA, despite leaving Unions WA.

    To put this in context, about 30 unions with 150,000 members are affiliated with Unions WA, while 20
    unions with about 90,000 members are affiliated with WA Labor.

    The move comes a month after the MUA and other members of the progressive Labor faction staged two
    mass walkouts from WA Labor’s state conference.

    Mr Cain had used the conference to berate the party over its plans for the outer harbour, which he has
    claimed will lead to the loss of 8,000 jobs.

    The establishment of a second container port, likely with more automation, would also weaken the industrial power of the MUA.

    Mr Cain’s campaign against the outer harbour adds to the wide split between him and Premier Mark
    McGowan, who has reportedly banned the union leader from his office.

    Mr Cain’s militant stance has triggered speculation about the future of progressive Labor, which brought
    together left-wing unions such as the MUA and the CFMEU with right-win unions including the TWU and
    the SDA.

    Progressive Labor was designed to break the factional dominance of the ‘broad left’, which is closely tied to the United Voice union.

    Meanwhile, planning for an outer harbour is being led by the state government's Westport taskforce.
    In a report released last month, the taskforce concluded that all container shipping should be moved out of Fremantle to a new land-backed port in Cockburn Sound, to be built at a cost of about $4 billion.

    The taskforce is currently undertaking further detailed analysis of five short-listed options to meet Perth’s
    long-term bulk freight needs.

  • Fish Army demand council stance on outer harbour, Cockburn Gazette 13/09/2019

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    By Ben Smith

    AN environmental group intent on protecting the Cockburn Sound from a proposed container port has staged a protest outside the City of Cockburn’s council chambers.

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    By Ben Smith

    AN environmental group intent on protecting the Cockburn Sound from a proposed container port has staged a protest outside the City of Cockburn’s council chambers.

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  • Show of support, Cockburn Gazette 12/09/2019

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  • Wider Cott Av 'on table', Western Suburbs Weekly 12/09/2019

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  • Fishers fear port priorities, Cockburn Gazette 12/09/2019

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  • Public port discussions, Melville Times 12/09/2019

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  • There are no simple port solutions, Freo's View Blog 11/09/2019

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    About one hundred people turned up at the North Fremantle community hall on Tuesday evening to ask questions about the future of Fremantle Port, which were answered by Nicole Lockwood, the chair of the Westport Taskforce, Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter, Curtin university professor Peter Newman and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

    In the audience were also members from the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association and Fremantle Society president John Dowson, as well as Fremantle Councillors Jones, Archibald and Sullivan.

    Nicole Lockwood told us that the so-called Blue Highway of putting containers on barges to ship them to Kwinana was very common...

    About one hundred people turned up at the North Fremantle community hall on Tuesday evening to ask questions about the future of Fremantle Port, which were answered by Nicole Lockwood, the chair of the Westport Taskforce, Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter, Curtin university professor Peter Newman and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

    In the audience were also members from the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association and Fremantle Society president John Dowson, as well as Fremantle Councillors Jones, Archibald and Sullivan.

    Nicole Lockwood told us that the so-called Blue Highway of putting containers on barges to ship them to Kwinana was very common all around the world. It is option 3 on the shortlist.

    It does not matter if the government selected the Roe 8 or Leach Highway options because both are flawed as the problem of the last mile to cross the river and getting freight into port was the problematic one that has not been resolved.

    But it will take at least ten years to do anything new at all, and in the meantime we should be getting a new traffic bridge with a dedicated freight rail line on it.

    Chris Leatt-Hayter said that Fremantle Ports is supportive of the Westport Taskforce and that it is a rigorous, fair and sound process. Fremantle Port could handle ships of up to 350 metres long and that were the biggest ones coming to Australia currently.

    Leatt-Hayter said that the same number of trucks came to the port now as they did ten years ago, because many more containers were transported by rail and fewer trucks came or left empty.

    The Port do not take the community for granted and try to minimise the impact of their operations. It has 78% support from the community to continue the Freo working port!

    Mayor Brad Pettitt said that the working port is very much part of Fremantle’s identity and who we are and that it is good for our economy and provides thousands of port related jobs, but what happens on land needs to be managed as it impacts on the community. The shift onto rail is the key. “We want to keep the working port as long as we can.”

    Professor Peter Newman wants the ASAP solution of having a new port in Kwinana as soon as possible because he believes litheum exports will substantially increase the number of containers.”We need a new technology port.”

    The Q&A did not have many specific North Fremantle questions but Leatt-Hayter said that freight on rail had issues because it goes right past the Roundhouse and close to residential apartments.

    Nicole Lockwood said a tunnel is far more problematic in the Perth region and even more so at the river mouth and that putting trains through a tunnel would mean they end up somewhere near Rottnest because of the gradient. Cost efficiency was also a major factor.

    Aboriginal woman Corina Abrahams said that there was not enough concern for the cultural heritage and that we should not ruin Cockburn Sound. Common sense needs to prevail.

    One community speaker said the solution was a dedicated lane for autonomous trucks that could run 24/7 and would create a lot less noise than the diesel trucks.

    Nicole Lockwood said the state government needed to do two things at once; planning for the long term and improving for the short term. Significant investment would be needed in the next ten years with at least six major projects to improve the Fremantle Port operations, including widening Curtin Avenue. “Perth just does not have enough river crossings.”

    North Freo resident Anne Forma said there had been a lot of talk and a lot of plans but nothing had happened and that the 2010 plans could have been implemented by now. “Investment in Fremantle Port is not a long term solution.”

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  • Westport community information session in Kwinana, ABC Radio 10/09/2019

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    Nadia Mitsopoulos

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    Transcript:

    Westport is hosting the first of its community information sessions this morning to explain why Kwinana is on the shortlist for an Outer Harbour.

    So the Independent Chair of Westport’s Taskforce Nicole Lockwood will be basically talking about why the Outer Harbour is needed, why Fremantle Inner Harbour is not a long term viable option.

    There will be a protest there I’m told as well because there is a quite a strong group of people – a movement. They’re not wanting an Outer Harbour at all and certainly not wanting it in...

    Nadia Mitsopoulos

    Listen to the segment here...

    Transcript:

    Westport is hosting the first of its community information sessions this morning to explain why Kwinana is on the shortlist for an Outer Harbour.

    So the Independent Chair of Westport’s Taskforce Nicole Lockwood will be basically talking about why the Outer Harbour is needed, why Fremantle Inner Harbour is not a long term viable option.

    There will be a protest there I’m told as well because there is a quite a strong group of people – a movement. They’re not wanting an Outer Harbour at all and certainly not wanting it in the Cockburn Kwinana areas. So just keep your eye on that.

    That actually gets underway in about 15 minutes and goes through till 9 o’clock.