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  • Interview with Chris Oughton, 6PR 4/9/2019

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  • The Outer Harbour - time to invest in the future, City of Kwinana 3/9/2019

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    ​Opinion Piece – City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams OAM​

    ​Tuesday, 3 September 2019

    The five future port options for Western Australia, released by the Westport Taskforce recently, all include an Outer Harbour at Kwinana.
    This is great news for my local community but also for our State.
    As the Mayor of Kwinana I am unashamedly in favour of our port as a viable solution to our State’s future port challenges. However, I am also a proud Western Australian who is concerned about the future economic and employment opportunities in the southern corridor of Perth and the Peel region.
    Whatever...

    ​Opinion Piece – City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams OAM​

    ​Tuesday, 3 September 2019

    The five future port options for Western Australia, released by the Westport Taskforce recently, all include an Outer Harbour at Kwinana.
    This is great news for my local community but also for our State.
    As the Mayor of Kwinana I am unashamedly in favour of our port as a viable solution to our State’s future port challenges. However, I am also a proud Western Australian who is concerned about the future economic and employment opportunities in the southern corridor of Perth and the Peel region.
    Whatever option is chosen, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in our shared social and economic future. We have to get it right.
    In recent weeks there has been criticism about the suitability of the options and the consideration given to their selection.
    The City of Kwinana respects the work undertaken by the Westforce Taskforce.
    The five preferred options were determined through a meticulous process of multi criteria analysis of each option with input and participation from an extensive list of industry, community, union, environment and government participants.
    It was made clear to participants from the outset that they may not like the end result, but the process would be rigorous, inclusive and transparent.
    The most highly ranked option at this stage is a stand-alone, conventional land-backed port in the Kwinana Industrial Area.
    Investing in the Outer Harbour will recognise the needs of a community whose industrial facilities have brought billions of dollars to the Western Australian economy.
    The expansion of port facilities and the east west freight links have the potential to transform the southern region of Perth and Peel, creating an enormous employment hub which will provide new jobs in maritime, defence, transport, manufacturing and port related businesses.
    Our future port solution needs to be an investment in vital economic infrastructure that will modernise Western Australia’s gateway to and from international markets, and catalyse generational change for the surrounding region.
    The new port in Kwinana will be surrounded by industrial land, the development of which will facilitate the growth of the containerised export industry, accommodating the entry of new industries and thousands of permanent jobs.
    There is no doubt that the 130-year-old Fremantle Port has served our State well, and while it may be capable of some added capacity, it is not capable of meeting our long term needs. As the Westport process has demonstrated, the capacity of a port is not the only consideration; providing safe, effective and efficient vehicle and freight access is also key.
    Transitioning to a new port in Kwinana isn’t as simple as moving to a new home.
    It will take years of careful planning, construction and collaboration before the first container ship arrives.
    It will also involve the upskilling and maintenance of a strong maritime workforce, as well as the planning and delivery of expanded freight, road and rail linkages.
    The challenge is to ensure we don’t wait for a bottleneck to strangle trade. Through the Westport process, the State Government has started the critical planning required to safeguard our economic prosperity.
    Protecting our environment is also a fundamental part of this process. The City of Kwinana is committed to working with the State Government to ensure the highest environmental standards are achieved.
    For generations, Kwinana has been an industrial powerhouse. We boast a world-leading industrial area which makes a significant contribution to our economy.
    Investing in the Outer Harbour will secure life-changing opportunities for a new generation and underpin our State’s continued economic growth.
    It’s time to invest in our shared future.​


  • Freo traffic 'funnel' biggest barrier for port's future: taskforce chair, WAtoday 3/8/2019

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    By Cameron Myles

    Fremantle’s traffic “funnel” is the biggest barricade to the port reaching capacity and means it could hit its limit in the early 2030s, according to the head of the taskforce charged with investigating WA’s freight future.

    Westport independent chair Nicole Lockwood said several unfunded, uncommitted infrastructure projects totalling $4.7 billion – including a trenching and sinking of the rail line and an upgrade to Leach Highway – would be needed to keep the port running for another 20 years.

    And building Roe 8 and 9 wouldn’t make a difference, she said.

    “You’ve got the main trunk routes,...

    By Cameron Myles

    Fremantle’s traffic “funnel” is the biggest barricade to the port reaching capacity and means it could hit its limit in the early 2030s, according to the head of the taskforce charged with investigating WA’s freight future.

    Westport independent chair Nicole Lockwood said several unfunded, uncommitted infrastructure projects totalling $4.7 billion – including a trenching and sinking of the rail line and an upgrade to Leach Highway – would be needed to keep the port running for another 20 years.

    And building Roe 8 and 9 wouldn’t make a difference, she said.

    “You’ve got the main trunk routes, whether it’s Roe or Leach, which get your main traffic in, but it’s actually the fact that we narrow into the funnel to get into the port,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “To do that, we need five grade separations all the way into that port precinct, which are significant in terms of visual amenity, in terms of the way that the traffic moves, and in terms of cost.

    “Roe 8 doesn’t solve the problem; it just keeps growing the problem into a narrowing funnel that still hasn’t been solved for the long term.”

    Westport has previously outlined a 10-year timeframe for a new port, from design to operation. It will hand down its final recommendation on a location later this year.

    The taskforce copped flak in recent weeks following the release of its long-awaited shortlist of five options.

    Of those, only two supported retaining Fremantle as a working container port and both proposed sharing the load with a new port in Kwinana.

    The idea of a new port in Kwinana is divisive, with concerns raised over its environmental impact, cost, and whether it is even needed.

    Critics including opposition transport spokeswoman Libby Mettam see development of the outer harbour in Cockburn Sound as a fait accompli under Labor and have decried Westport for not including a possible Roe 8 and 9 in its technical studies.

    “The report is fatally flawed ... [Roe 8/9] would support both the Fremantle Port and any proposed future ports in Kwinana,” Ms Mettam told WAtoday.

    She said the outer harbour was “supposedly the McGowan government’s answer or alternative” to address congestion in the South Metro, and required upgrades to Anketell Road, Tonkin Highway and duplication of rail to develop.

    Central to the issue of congestion on the roads surrounding Fremantle Port is the traffic makeup – specifically, the ratio of trucks to cars.

    Trucks make up about 10 per cent of traffic on the main road into the port – Tydeman Road – and Ms Mettam and the Maritime Union of Australia’s WA branch both claim if container trade was shifted to Kwinana and the Fremantle port precinct opened to developers, pressure on local roads would remain.

    The MUA is confident Fremantle could handle double its current freight volume of 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) a year without any major road upgrades, and doubted the $4.7 billion of works cited by Ms Lockwood.

    The union argues a plan of increasing freight exiting the port on rail, and building efficiencies in trucking allow for a longer time horizon.

    “If we use the inflated trade projections in the Westport report, it will be 20 years before container freight volumes in WA double and we would need to look at operating outside the current Monday-Friday 6am-6pm window when 85 per cent of all trucks visit the port,” MUA deputy branch secretary Adrian Evans said.

    Ms Lockwood said Fremantle Port’s 2.1 million TEU capacity was agreed on, but said modelling on the surrounding road network meant the port hit capacity at 1.2 million TEU in the early 2030s.

    “Just to take us through to what the port can handle on the wharf side, we’re talking another $4.7 billion, and that’s just for the next 20 years,” she said.

    “If you’ve got to spend that sort of money just to do what you’re already doing, why would you not spend an equivalent amount of money and create something that gives you longevity and ability to scale, and it moves the disruption from the inner-urban area to a space where you’ve got space to grow?”

    Ms Lockwood flagged a 50-year timeframe to develop the “significant” land in the Fremantle port precinct, but said traffic woes would remain.

    “With a new development would have to come some more innovation, whether it’s public transport or even more point-to-point private transport ... where we’re not all driving one person to a car,” she said.

    “The reality is we don’t have space to keep growing more roads, and tunnelling in WA with the geology we have is problematic and very expensive.”

    ‘Blue highway’ out of the blue?

    Of the five options shortlisted by Westport, the biggest surprise came in the form of a plan to have both Fremantle and Kwinana working as container ports, with freight sent to the outer harbour via shallow draught barges on a “blue highway” shipping route.

    Mr Evans said the option was not part of Westport’s multi-criteria assessment process from the start, and “if they had bothered to include people other than consultants, government staffers and the City of Kwinana in the MCA process it’s one they would have learned is not realistic or viable”.

    Ms Mettam also chided the plan in an opinion piece last week, and said it was “introduced outside of the collaborative process” and without costings.

    But Ms Lockwood said reference groups and sub-groups were briefed on the plan “right from the beginning”, and could show emails supporting that.

    She admitted the plan didn’t score well as a “long-term” option, but “we were keen to look at it ... as a transition step”.

    “What it allows us to do is defer the capital cost in stages, it allows a more incremental impact in the sound – so we gradually build the port as the trade grows – and it also allows us to continue to use Fremantle for the assets that are there, but only to a point that the community and the network can handle the supply chain in,” she said.


  • Interview with Nicole Lockwood – August 2019, Infranomics 2/9/2019

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    Interview with Nicole Lockwood – August 2019

    September 2, 2019

    In August, InfraNomics interviewed Nicole Lockwood for her views on recent infrastructure developments, the WA economy, women in the workforce and advice for school kids.

    Nicole Lockwood is an experienced non-executive director with a track record on regional, state and national boards focused on infrastructure, planning and regional development. Nicole is principal of Lockwood Advisory, Chair of the Westport Taskforce Steering Committee, Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council of WA, Chair of MNG Mining, Deputy Chair of Infrastructure WA, and Deputy Chair of Leadership WA. Nicole serves as a...

    Interview with Nicole Lockwood – August 2019

    September 2, 2019

    In August, InfraNomics interviewed Nicole Lockwood for her views on recent infrastructure developments, the WA economy, women in the workforce and advice for school kids.

    Nicole Lockwood is an experienced non-executive director with a track record on regional, state and national boards focused on infrastructure, planning and regional development. Nicole is principal of Lockwood Advisory, Chair of the Westport Taskforce Steering Committee, Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council of WA, Chair of MNG Mining, Deputy Chair of Infrastructure WA, and Deputy Chair of Leadership WA. Nicole serves as a Board member for Water Corporation, Tourism WA, Infrastructure Australia and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia. Nicole’s career has spanned a range of fields including local government, regional economic development, law, events and corporate governance.

    As the Westport planning project is reaching the end, what are the main things you have learnt about the project?

    The power of engagement, the value of human relationships and the need for really good quality technical expertise. Every level is important, from engagement within our team to our entire governance structure, to engagement with our Ministers and the community/ industry and other experts, to other ports around the world. It really is everything. It is all about human interaction. Process is important and how you design the project and how you obtain information and testing and socialising it. It is also about how the people are involved and how every individual in the team needs to deliver on the promise of their approach to make it successful, otherwise the whole project is false and has no substance. I’ve been very, very proud of the Westport team internally, that every single person has taken the process and engagement seriously and I have received so much positive feedback about the willingness and the professionalism in what we do. The scope provided by the government was very holistic in nature and included port, road and rail, and allowed the Westport team to have a very different conversation. Learning from Infrastructure Australia and how poorly community engagement has been done in the past in projects around the country. It’s also been important to learn what a lack of holistic planning there has been and particularly the impact and social license, how little is done in that space, certainly from a long term strategic planning perspective. Locally, I’ve learned from having led and delivered projects in the Pilbara and seen what happens when you rush ahead. We had a window of time to deliver projects when there was money so we pushed through a lot to get things done. There is a time and place for that but less and less are we permitted to run that way. I have benefited from learning from these experiences about how we can do things differently, and brought this to the Westport project.

    What would you do differently if you were to do the Westport project again?

    I think we would firstly need to think about the timing. Everybody complained that two years was too long to answer this question. In our view, the only difficulty has been how quickly we have had to move. It does take a lot of time for a project like this to get up and running. You do lose a lot of your initial year just in setting it up. Only after one year did the project really get going and so more time. Thinking about the expertise available to us would be another big things and access to panels or governmental expertise. There are a lot of procedures and processes that took time to set up and made things smoother and quicker once active. Being more realistic up front about what we can and can’t do.

    If Roe 8 & 9 don’t make sense commercially why do you think this issue is in the press recently?

    People want to see action and a commitment to a long term plan. While we are getting there, that plan is still not complete. While uncertainty remains, industry and the community will push for action. There are numerous groups that have different perspectives on the issues of freight and congestion and there are a number of problems to be solved. It is unlikely that one project can solve multiple issues, instead it needs a network response which is what the Westport Taskforce recommendations will deliver.

    What advice would you give to leaders of future major infrastructure projects in WA?

    Long term planning is critical, particularly as infrastructure projects are increasingly required in established urban areas. Gone are the days of infrastructure planning being engineering-led. Economic, environmental and social factors must all be balanced in order to determine the best solution. Do not underestimate the importance of community engagement and establishing social license. Social values and expectations are constantly changing and the ability to deliver new infrastructure is built off the back of a partnership with the community and industry.

    What suggestions would you give for the redevelopment of Fremantle Port?

    Think beyond Australia. That location is unique and needs to have a role and function that is distinct from any other in WA. The opportunities to create something world leading are significant, to celebrate the history and recreate the future of an iconic site.

    Do you think the WA economy is sustainable? Why or why not?

    I think we have the potential to be sustainable but we need to stretch ourselves beyond our natural strengths of resources and leveraging off them. Nature has been kind to us, and human spirit and drive has allowed us to benefit from this abundance of assets. Now it is time to be bold and starting talking up all of the other strengths we have. Tourism, knowledge economy, innovation in automation and boutique foods just to name a few. We have the capability to lead the world in some of these, we just need to start backing ourselves.

    As women are playing a greater role in transforming the workplace from a male dominated/focused environment to a more gender balanced environment, what do you think needs to change in WA to speed up this process?

    We need to stop seeing it as an act of goodwill but rather as good business practice. In fact, it is broader than that. It’s not just about gender diversity, it’s about diversity full stop. I have often been the only woman and the youngest person in the room by at least 15 years for the last decade. Diversity in all its guises is critical for good decision making and successful businesses going forward. The pace of change in terms of social expectations and technology is both an opportunity and a threat for businesses and government. Misunderstood, it can be fatal to an organisation’s success. More specifically, on attracting women, we need to re-think the structure of work. Many roles are still very traditional in terms of hours and operating practice. For me it’s all about value proposition. There are numerous things I consider when looking at a role. Is it aligned to my values; what contribution can I make and what influence can I have over the outcomes; does it complement the other parts of my life that are critical to my happiness like my family and other personal commitments? I think workplaces are going to need to re-think how they attract people. It’s not just women who are looking for flexibility- technology allows us to be far more creative with the way we do work. That is an opportunity for everyone- male, female, old and young.

    To have a decent career in WA in the future, what advice would you give school kids about the skills or disciplines to focus on?

    I see a huge opportunity with the advent of technology for the future of work to be far more meaningful and productive. What we know is that the jobs that are about the head or hands are more likely to be improved through technology. Those jobs that require heart are here to stay! Leadership skills, organisational skills, technology skills and social skills are the way of the future. So, it’s about learning resilience, having an enquiring mind and being open to continuous learning.

    Everyone is busy however, you seem to have more demands on your time than most, especially being a working mum. How do you organise your time?

    I am naturally an organised person so that makes it a little easier, but ultimately it is about having a team behind you, at work and at home and taking care of yourself. I have a wonderful husband who has supported my every move. I have two amazing daughters and the four of us are a team, to run the house and manage the day to day. In addition to that I am very happy to outsource. Anything that I can get help to do, I do. Sleep, exercise, eating well and mental health are all fundamental for me and they all take effort, but they pay you back in spades. Surrounding yourself with capable people who share your values, in your personal life and at work. They give you energy and keep you safe. Then it’s about priorities and deciding what drives you. There are numerous choices every day about how you run your day, it’s about knowing what and who matters and where to spend your most valuable commodity- time.

    Do you have any other comments about developing infrastructure in WA?

    There is rarely a purely win-win solution to any infrastructure project- usually there are a range of problems you are trying to solve and balance against a range of impacts. The important thing is that doing nothing is not a better option and it requires leadership and vision and a willingness to take people on the journey to ensure we can maintain, and maybe even improve, our standard of living into the future.


  • Committed to the best outcome possible, The West 31/8/2019

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  • ABC Drive interview with Nicole Lockwood 30/8/19

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    Geoff Hutchison interview with Nicole Lockwood, Chair, Westport Taskforce.

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    Summary:
    Hutchison says there was an interesting piece in The West [Australian] today was written by Libby Mettam, the Shadow Minister for Transport. He says she has railed against the Westport Taskforce report which has advocated that the new port be built in the Cockburn Sound. He adds she also repeated a criticism that the task force excluded Roe 8 and Roe 9 from the examination. Hutchison says according to Mettam, Labor is obsessed with closing down Fremantle Port and opening it up to developers....

    Geoff Hutchison interview with Nicole Lockwood, Chair, Westport Taskforce.

    Listen to the segment here...

    Summary:
    Hutchison says there was an interesting piece in The West [Australian] today was written by Libby Mettam, the Shadow Minister for Transport. He says she has railed against the Westport Taskforce report which has advocated that the new port be built in the Cockburn Sound. He adds she also repeated a criticism that the task force excluded Roe 8 and Roe 9 from the examination. Hutchison says according to Mettam, Labor is obsessed with closing down Fremantle Port and opening it up to developers. He says Westport released its project update under the heading 'The Real Facts About Westport: Busting the Myths'.

    Lockwood says they are open to feedback and that part of the process being open and transparent. She says this is a long-term planning exercise. She notes there is a lot of debate around Fremantle's capacity and how Fremantle can transition over time. Lockwood says they have listed a long list of environmental values that are apparent in the Cockburn Sound. She notes the current scientists working on the Cockburn Sound are involved in the process. She says they focused on Leach Highway and it has shown the effort and infrastructure required to access that port. Lockwood says in 10-15 years, depending on any capacity and improvement which can be achieved, there will be a problem. She says there is a big push needed to improve productivity on the network. She notes they have five options, three of which are standalone in Kwinana, but they have two options in which they would allow Fremantle to grow and the rest of the task goes to Kwinana.

    Lockwood says the other option is deemed the 'Blue Highway' which is a barge option. Hutchison says Recfishwest claims the Taskforce has gone against the community's wishes and placed commercial viability of any port development way above environment impact on Cockburn Sound. Lockwood says they have been aware of the values that exist in the Sound and the current recreational activity.


  • Labor's push may doom port of Freo, The West Australian, 29/8/19

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    By Libby Mettam, Shadow Minister for Transport

    It should not come as any surprise that a new port at Cockburn Sound has emerged as the McGowan Labor Government's number one option to handle WA's freight needs.

    After all, it has become abundantly clear that Labor's obsession with closing down Fremantle Port is ultimately aimed at building a harbour no one wants or needs while opening up our beautiful port city to developers.

    Indeed, since its release two weeks ago, there has been plenty of public commentary about the five options presented in the flawed report which is part of the...

    By Libby Mettam, Shadow Minister for Transport

    It should not come as any surprise that a new port at Cockburn Sound has emerged as the McGowan Labor Government's number one option to handle WA's freight needs.

    After all, it has become abundantly clear that Labor's obsession with closing down Fremantle Port is ultimately aimed at building a harbour no one wants or needs while opening up our beautiful port city to developers.

    Indeed, since its release two weeks ago, there has been plenty of public commentary about the five options presented in the flawed report which is part of the $20 million Westport Taskforce process.

    But the most damning criticism of the report is that it was directed to exclude Roe 8 and 9 from examination.

    For those who don't know, Roe 8 and 9 have been approved by Infrastructure Australia and the project can already access $1.2 billion in Federal funding.

    Roe 8 and 9 will solve congestion issues across Perth's southern suburbs.

    In justifying their preferred options in moving port operations to Cockburn Sound, the Westport Taskforce has predicted that the estimated demand for containers at Fremantle Port will treble by 2068. That's an extraordinarily inflated figure half a century away.

    West Australians should be even more concerned about the significant transport challenges associated with developing Cockburn Sound as an outer harbour and dedicated port.

    Adopting such a flawed option will require Anketell Road and more than 30km of Tonkin Highway to be upgraded to a six-lane highway with up to nine grade separations. These upgrades will cut through Beeliar Park, Wandi Nature Reserve and Jandakot Regional Park, as well as requiring the acquisition of private land.

    There are also serious questions about option 3, the proposed Blue Highway - a radical option that will see freight between Cockburn and Fremantle on shallow barges - should Fremantle Harbour remain operational in some token form under this scenario.

    Of greatest concern is that this idea was introduced outside of the collaborative process and included by staff after the fact, with no costings attached. What could possibly go wrong with that thought bubble?

    The report has also overlooked that the potential closure of Fremantle Port and development of this area for residential purposes will create enormous additional pressure on the local road network.

    Congestion around Fremantle Port is predominantly caused by increased passenger traffic, and not trucks, so road upgrades are still required regardless of whether the inner harbour remains operational or not.

    It must be remembered that currently trucks only account for around 5 per cent of congestion on the roads around Fremantle.

    Finally, it's worth considering that Fremantle Port has been a key part of the WA economy for the last 130 years; it's one of the State's key trading enterprises, providing a total contribution in tax equivalent payments, dividends, other taxes and fees of $100.4 million to WA coffers in 2017-18 alone.

    Its daily operations support some 2000 direct jobs and 6000 indirect jobs.

    Looking at the above figures in isolation, you would have to wonder why any government would move to cap its throughput or stifle its operations, and when you consider its capacity is conservatively at least three times the current demand, it becomes quite clear how valuable Fremantle Port remains for Western Australia.

    Arguably, it is unfortunate that as a direct result of a flawed political direction, the outcome and the future demise of Fremantle Port under a McGowan Labor Government has become predetermined.

    Libby Mettam is WA shadow minister for transport Road upgrades are still required regardless of whether the inner harbour remains operational or not.


  • Westport shortlist five future port options in WA, The Infrastructure Report 23/8/2019

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    Late last week, Westport, the Taskforce commissioned by the WA Government to investigate options to increase Perth’s sea freight capacity, released a shortlist of five future port options. Under all options, a new container port is recommended to be constructed in Kwinana Outer Harbour. Three options propose moving all container operations from Fremantle Port to Kwinana, while two include a load sharing solution between Kwinana and Fremantle.

    The shortlist was determined through analysis of land-use, social, economic and environmental criteria. Westport will now conduct further analysis to determine a preferred option, after which detailed timings, location, scale and costs of...

    Late last week, Westport, the Taskforce commissioned by the WA Government to investigate options to increase Perth’s sea freight capacity, released a shortlist of five future port options. Under all options, a new container port is recommended to be constructed in Kwinana Outer Harbour. Three options propose moving all container operations from Fremantle Port to Kwinana, while two include a load sharing solution between Kwinana and Fremantle.

    The shortlist was determined through analysis of land-use, social, economic and environmental criteria. Westport will now conduct further analysis to determine a preferred option, after which detailed timings, location, scale and costs of the new port can be confirmed.
    Earlier this year, Westport produced a longlist of 25 options, spread across ports at Bunbury, Fremantle or Kwinana, and load-sharing combinations between all three.

    Perth’s container load is forecast to reach 3.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), in 50 years’ time. All shortlisted options were required to meet this capacity.

    A standalone Fremantle Port option was not included in the shortlist, due to supply chain constraints. Major road and rail upgrades would be required through the residential suburbs now surrounding the port. Fremantle Port is forecast to reach maximum capacity of 2.1 million TEU by the mid-2030s. The existing port currently handles a container load of 770,000 TEU.

    Figure 3: A new land-backed container terminal in Kwinana Harbour, with onsite intermodal terminal


    Source: Westport

    The other two standalone Kwinana options were both deep water ports, as opposed to the land-backed option shown above. One option involves a decoupled inland intermodal terminal.

    Two of the other shortlisted options explored load sharing between a new Kwinana Port and the existing Fremantle Port, as shown in Figure 4 below. One option involved a reduced footprint of the land-backed Kwinana Port, with upgraded road and rail infrastructure at both Kwinana and Fremantle ports. This option scored second highest under Westport’s assessment criteria.

    Figure 4: Road, rail and ferry connection between Fremantle and Kwinana ports


    Source: Westport

    The other load sharing option involving Fremantle Port included a ‘blue highway’ barge connection between Kwinana and Fremantle. Shallow draught barges would transport containers directly from ships at Fremantle to Kwinana port for offloading onto trucks.

    A standalone Fremantle Port option was not included in the shortlist, as it is forecast to reach maximum capacity of 2.1 million TEU by the mid-2030s, even with major road or rail upgrades. The existing port currently handles a container load of 770,000 TEU.

    The Westport Taskforce also considered options for port operations in Bunbury. However, these options were not shortlisted due to the long distance to Perth, high capital costs, and port depth constraints.

    The Westport Taskforce was established in 2017 to produce a strategy to guide the WA Government on the long-term development of Perth’s freight network. In addition to new port facilities, the taskforce is examining trade and supply chain infrastructure to ensure 50-year population growth demands are met.

    Further information:

    Key contact:

    Hamilton Hayden, Senior Policy Adviser | hamilton.hayden@infrastructure.org.au


  • Finding a new strategy for Western Australia’s ports, Infrastructure Magazine 21/8/2019

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    By Rhianna King

    In September 2017, the Westport Taskforce assembled to begin a colossal undertaking: to develop a strategy to guide the supply chains through Western Australia’s ports for the next century.

    As it gears up to release its five shortlisted options, Infrastructure spoke to Westport’s Independent Chair, Nicole Lockwood, about its findings thus far and where the strategy is headed.

    Established in 2017 by the WA Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti, Westport was tasked with developing a long-term strategy for the state’s freight supply chains. In order to meet growing trade need for WA’s rapidly expanding population, the WA...

    By Rhianna King

    In September 2017, the Westport Taskforce assembled to begin a colossal undertaking: to develop a strategy to guide the supply chains through Western Australia’s ports for the next century.

    As it gears up to release its five shortlisted options, Infrastructure spoke to Westport’s Independent Chair, Nicole Lockwood, about its findings thus far and where the strategy is headed.

    Established in 2017 by the WA Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti, Westport was tasked with developing a long-term strategy for the state’s freight supply chains. In order to meet growing trade need for WA’s rapidly expanding population, the WA Government understood that its supply chain needed to change.
    Westport needed to select the best option for WA’s supply chain that integrates port, road, rail and intermodal freight transport, while accommodating for the specific capabilities of WA’s three major ports: Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury.

    What makes this project so unique is its scope: Westport needed to create an integrated supply chain across a large footprint to service Western Australia for the next 50 years and beyond. In essence, the undertaking boiled down to a single question: how can WA create the capacity for its freight network to accommodate growth in containers over this timeframe?

    In order to keep the supply chain as cost-effective as possible, Westport’s solutions needed to be located as close as possible to where people live, but not too close as to disrupt citizens’ lives, and to ensure that the growth of urban areas could be blended with the needs for the growth in freight for the benefit of the community.

    Westport: the journey so far

    The Westport Taskforce, a cross-agency, independent project team led by its Chair, Nicole Lockwood, spent all of 2018 conducting extensive interviews and gathering data from stakeholders and the wider WA community.

    Based on these findings, it spent the first half of 2019 working through a list of 25 possible supply chains that would allow WA to grow its network capacity.

    Four of these options centered on Fremantle, four on Bunbury and 17 on Kwinana. This disparity stems from the fact that Kwinana is largely a greenfield site for containers, allowing Westport to try a number of different alternatives, whereas the four options in Fremantle and Bunbury are largely fixed to the port’s pre-existing precincts.

    The Taskforce spent months expanding the 25 options to understand how they would function. Westport tested them through a multi-criteria assessment process, taking into account social, economic, environmental and operational factors, as well as community and amenity impact and social license.
    During this process, the Taskforce considered each option’s economic development opportunities, and their costs to run and maintain. The options were then measured against each other to rank them from one to 25.

    In August, Westport released five shortlisted options that it will then take forward to a second round of analysis. Read Infrastructure’s full overview of the five shortlisted supply chain options here.

    Biggest challenges

    The second round of analysis of these five options will be similar to the first round of multi-criteria assessment, but far more extensive.

    “We’ll build those five options out with a lot more detail, and a lot more granularity than the first round,” Ms Lockwood said. “This will involve understanding the port precincts and how they operate, and establishing a lot more detail around the capital and operating costs.”

    In thinking through the transition from the current situation into the new end strategy, Westport will also have to undertake a more detailed analysis of some of the options’ social and environmental impacts.
    Ms Lockwood said Westport was committed to providing the WA Government with a final recommendation in late 2019.

    “The biggest challenge we have is time, because we want to make sure we’ve got a very robust, high-quality answer for the government by the end of the year. There’s a lot of work to do in a short space of time.”

    In working to this timeframe, Westport will have to point to a number of gaps in knowledge because some of this analytical work will take significant periods of time – including multiple years for certain modelling and assessment tasks.

    However, the nature of a shortlisting process means that, should the government want to proceed with any one of Westport’s options beyond 2019, there is more time to do more detailed work.
    “So it’s not the end, it’s actually just a planning continuum,” Ms Lockwood said.

    It may even be that the Taskforce does not land on one option alone, but rather one preferred option with a secondary alternative. This is because one of the big unknowns in the process is gaining environmental approvals.

    Bunbury Port aerial view Westport

    A commitment to environmental sustainability

    In a Westport survey of community and interest groups from late 2018 to early 2019, 55.3 per cent of respondents listed environmental sustainability as their number one area of interest, well above any other issue. Concurrently, the Westport Strategy has committed to an ISV2.0 rating from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA). The natural environment has therefore emerged at the forefront of debate around the Westport Strategy.

    “Westport is the first masterplanning project nationally that ISCA is looking at rating. ISCA is normally involved in the project delivery phase, so this is quite new for them and for us. Together, we are thinking through what steps to take right at inception to ensure that the message and ethics of sustainability is infused in the project right from the outset.”

    The Taskforce has done this by employing frameworks from the Permanent International Association of Navigational Congresses (PIANC), a global group extensively involved in innovative port planning.
    Westport is following PIANC’s framework, A Guide for Applying Working with Nature to Navigation Infrastructure Projects, which proposes a reversal of traditional planning methods. The planners start with the environmental landscape, consider their infrastructure needs, then plan the infrastructure to accommodate the environment, rather than the other way around.

    “For example, when we developed the 25 options, we did that with a basis of the environmental values first,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “We actually had them mapped, and then looked at where we thought we could locate a port, looking for spaces that weren’t impacted by important environmental areas. Then we built around those.”

    This is combined with ISCA’s frameworks, which promote the engagement model Westport is employing: being open and transparent, having people at the table, and allowing for feedback.

    In addition, as members of Ports Australia, which joined the World Port Sustainability Program in March 2019, Fremantle and Bunbury Ports have the support of the Program’s frameworks, networks and resources.

    Engaging stakeholders

    Embarking on a masterplanning exercise of such magnitude inevitably involves a vast number of community engagement programs. Given how integral containers are to supporting Australians’ quality of life, the Westport Strategy will have wide-ranging impacts on the state and Australia more generally.
    In order to avoid the trap of hasty, top-down planning, Westport has undertaken extensive community consultation to take into account the views of all relevant stakeholders.

    “What we’re doing is planning for a network that is partially owned and operated by government, partially owned and operated by the private sector, and entirely connected to people and their everyday lives,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “So in trying to come up with an answer that everyone thinks is a good one, you really need to have all of those views at the table.”

    Westport’s stakeholder engagement is evidence-based and the Taskforce has taken this approach in order to encourage private sector investment and ensure confidence in the strategy.

    Westport created a reference group, which currently includes over 90 organisations – about 35 local governments, as well as community groups and members from academia.

    This has allowed Westport to continually test its work. While some of the technical work had to be completed by technical experts, the reference group gives Westport the opportunity to understand the different outcomes – how they might be implemented by private sector, and how they might be received by the community, were they to be pursued.

    “Stakeholder management adds a lot of value to our process,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “In some ways, it mitigates risk in the project even though it’s more involved. You’re potentially having numerous difficult conversations, you’re not landing on one answer, and you’re navigating how to deliver it. We’re really on that journey the whole way through.”

    Leveraging old knowledge to inform new thinking

    Community feedback is only one part of the data that the Taskforce must gather and analyse. Another major part of the process involved bringing together decades of previous work.

    The question of the future of WA’s terminals had been posed many times before, however, these discussions usually only related to the ports themselves, not in relation to the whole supply chain. Since a lot of technical reports on road designs, port designs and environmental work was still valid (albeit in need of an update), the Taskforce catalogued and compiled all this previous research, so as not to spend more government funds than necessary.

    The next stage involves consolidating these years of knowledge with new, forward-thinking work.
    “There’s a new landscape now that maybe wasn’t in existence then,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “There are new trends emerging – globalisation and the trends of containers. We’re 50 years into containers being established, so what will the next 50 hold? What’s the future of movement in terms of both road and rail, and how are those modes going to change?

    “In terms of port design, the automation journey around the world is certainly going very quickly. When designing a new port you really need to be thinking about the opportunities those new builds present. So there has to be new work done thinking that through.”

    Collating vast amounts of data

    In order to manage this vast amount of information, the Taskforce built a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database where it can enter all of its information – both past and present. A dedicated team maps all of the outputs produced and layers them, creating sophisticated, interactive resources to guide decision-making.

    All existing data sets across government; detailed data from relevant agencies; environmental assessment work, terrestrial work; and the 25 supply chain options have all been mapped and catalogued into this database.

    “The other critical part is the trade forecasting work we’ve done, because that’s really the growth factor that we need to consider in terms of timing,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “When do we need new infrastructure? So that’s also a component of what they’ve created.”

    In this way, the second stage of multi-criteria assessments of the five shortlisted options will involve two parallel processes – both analytically, crunching numbers and data, and also spatially, mapping the outputs. This will allow the Taskforce to test a given set of questions and then test it using the database.
    “When we finish, we will be able to hand this database to government and it’s got everything built in,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “This means that if the work needs to store for a little while, or if there’s a change in economic circumstances, we’ve not lost all of that work, and it’s actually refreshed a lot of things that have been buried over a long period of time.”

    It also means that as the trade forecasting changes, the WA Government can continue to update the database to understand exactly what the changes mean for trigger points.

    This spatial database will also be updatable into the future. The detailed modelling that will need to be done beyond 2019 – road modelling, environmental impact assessment work and so on – could be built into the platform.

    Finding the best way to guide change

    “Change is inevitable,” Ms Lockwood said.

    “Doing nothing is not an option; there is the requirement to build new infrastructure, as well as optimising what we have. What we’re trying to ensure is that we get the balance right between any new impacts and maintaining amenity.

    “I think Perth and Southwest Australia are at a tipping point, where we’re growing to the size of some of the larger cities around the world and that means a different way of living. People’s expectations need to change about what’s realistic if they want to continue to receive the services that they expect – particularly around things like online shopping and other current trends.

    “The way we want to live our lives has a cost associated with it, and that may mean a slightly different way of running our freight sector than people have seen in the past.”

    The ultimate aim of the Westport Strategy is to ensure its final recommendation to the WA Government will be the best option for the state, and safeguard quality of life for decades to come.

  • Mark McGowan interview, ABC Breakfast

    3 months ago
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    Interview with Mark McGowan, WA Premier.

    Westport is discussed from 7.19 to 10.09.

    Listen to the segment here...

    Summary:

    Caller Mark asks why McGowan voted against the seven-plus seven for Fremantle Port when he's gung-ho about building the outer harbour. McGowan says they want a long term plan for freight and crate of WA. He mentions there's a huge congestion in Fremantle Port, so they commissioned the Westport Task Force to look at the issue. He notes the port in Kwinana is clearly needed to be part of a long term solution. Mitsopoulos asks about suspicions of Westport's report being...

    Interview with Mark McGowan, WA Premier.

    Westport is discussed from 7.19 to 10.09.

    Listen to the segment here...

    Summary:

    Caller Mark asks why McGowan voted against the seven-plus seven for Fremantle Port when he's gung-ho about building the outer harbour. McGowan says they want a long term plan for freight and crate of WA. He mentions there's a huge congestion in Fremantle Port, so they commissioned the Westport Task Force to look at the issue. He notes the port in Kwinana is clearly needed to be part of a long term solution. Mitsopoulos asks about suspicions of Westport's report being politically skewed, as they were not given the opportunity to look at Roe 8. McGowan says the task force commented on the Roe 8 and they found that it will not solve the problem and will even make it worse. He reads the report of the task force, noting that the Kwinana Port offers a far superior outcome than the Roe 8 and 9 projects. He adds Roe 8 and 9 are more expensive and are more environmentally impactful than the Leech Highway option. McGowan says if Roe 8 and 9 are considered, other road projects will still need to be considered along with the expansion of the port which may all cost $7.8b.