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  • Keeping port 'will double' Curtin Ave, Subiaco Post 17/8/2019

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    Doubling the width of Curtin Avenue will be one of the costs of keeping a stand-alone port in Fremantle, Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan says.

    She said western suburb residents and their Liberal MPs needed to think about the consequences of not building another port.

    On Thursday the Westport Taskforce released its shortlist of five port options.

    All proposed a new Kwinana container port, with two having an ongoing role for Fremantle.

    Ms MacTiernan said it would cost about $600million to duplicate the 6.2km of Curtin Avenue, which stretches from Mosman Park to Swanbourne.

    "We don't think it's a good option,"...

    Doubling the width of Curtin Avenue will be one of the costs of keeping a stand-alone port in Fremantle, Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan says.

    She said western suburb residents and their Liberal MPs needed to think about the consequences of not building another port.

    On Thursday the Westport Taskforce released its shortlist of five port options.

    All proposed a new Kwinana container port, with two having an ongoing role for Fremantle.

    Ms MacTiernan said it would cost about $600million to duplicate the 6.2km of Curtin Avenue, which stretches from Mosman Park to Swanbourne.

    "We don't think it's a good option," Ms MacTiernan said.

    "The Liberals say there should be a stand-alone Fremantle port long-term.

    "We say they don't take into account the social and financial consequences of that, which would be enormous." Ms MacTiernan said the Liberals needed to explain those consequences to their electorates.

    "The modelling we've done will show Curtin Avenue would need to be duplicated by 2031," she said.

  • Saffioti - New Outer Harbour, ABC Radio Perth Drive 5.09pm 15/8/2019

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    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Today the Westport Taskforce released its shortlist of five options. They’re supported by the Government, the Opposition calls them deliberately and fatally flawed. The most notable conclusion is that Perth needs a new container port to be built in the outer harbour of Kwinana and that a standalone Fremantle option is not a viable option at all.
    The Opposition of course support the Roe 8 project that would feed freight to Freo.
    Rita Saffioti is the Transport Minister, good afternoon to you Minister.

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Good afternoon Geoff, how are you?

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Good thank you. Can...

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    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Today the Westport Taskforce released its shortlist of five options. They’re supported by the Government, the Opposition calls them deliberately and fatally flawed. The most notable conclusion is that Perth needs a new container port to be built in the outer harbour of Kwinana and that a standalone Fremantle option is not a viable option at all.
    The Opposition of course support the Roe 8 project that would feed freight to Freo.
    Rita Saffioti is the Transport Minister, good afternoon to you Minister.

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Good afternoon Geoff, how are you?

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Good thank you. Can we rank the five options please from most likely to least?

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Well they’ve been ranked by the Westport Taskforce and they’ll go through another multi-criteria analysis so two include a sort of combination of Fremantle and Kwinana and three are sort of standalone Kwinana options. So there’s been five that will go through the next level of assessment. So there were a number that were put forward initially, 25, they were assessed through a multi-criteria analysis looking at all the key aspects. Now they’ve been drilled down to the five and they’ll be going through another analysis.

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Is Kwinana best placed to deal with, what is it, about 3.8 million units a year, is it best placed to deal with that on its own?

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Well the Taskforce has found that Fremantle in the longer term cannot continue to grow, you know, exponentially. So it’s found that an outer harbour is needed and so now they’re drilling down to the style of harbour, the style of the port and also whether there’s a combination with Fremantle, whether it’s standalone in relation to Kwinana. So they found that Fremantle can’t continually expand and that we need to be planning and to build an outer harbour.

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Now Kwinana scores well on most criteria except land availability, what’s the issue there, is it the need for State Government to have to repossess and buyback?

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Oh, there is… again it depends on the type of port. There is land that’s been acquired by Government for intermodal sites so there’s different… the different style of ports will have different land requirements and that’s something they’ll continue to assess. So there is different… different options, island port versus the land bank port and other options so they will now drill down to the next stage to see the style of port and in particular if it’s serviced by the intermodal adjacent to the port or whether it’s a land bank port so they’re the options they’ll drive down to.

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    And this would be bad news for those horses who like to exercise on the beach.

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    They’re all the factors the Westport Taskforce is looking into. As I said there are different options that have different impacts and that’s why they’ll spend further time drilling down into the next five, the five from the shortlist.

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Okay, I’m interested that Westport argues that this frees up Fremantle for alternative use, and I’ll play a little bit of a comment from the Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt in a little while. Westport says that Fremantle won’t be able to cope with freight demand by the 2030s so do you see it that way too, and if it frees up Fremantle for alternative use, what kind of alternative uses are we speaking of?

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Well as we know the residential developments around Fremantle just both south of the river north of the river have grown over time so it really has changed in nature so it is a constrained port. So already we’re working with the City of Fremantle looking at particular the Victoria Quay side and looking at future expansion for cruise ship destinations, and also for more short term tourism and accommodation sort of requirements. So already looking at how we can continue to grow Fremantle Port in a different way, in particular as a key tourism product for WA. So that works been underway, it’s been chaired by Simone McGurk Member for Fremantle working with the City of Fremantle so looking at how we can expand Fremantle as a key destination for cruise ships for example in the future. That’s just one of things that’s underway already.
    But in relation to the plans for the whole area, that will really depend on the outcome of the next analysis which will happen at the beginning of next year.

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    My understanding is Brad Pettitt accepts that the port can’t continue to expand but he does want guarantees that it will remain a player, will it remain a player as a working port and I don’t mean to disrespect tourism facilities like those up at Hillarys which are really quite beautiful, but is there a question over the future of Fremantle Port as, as a working port beyond the arrival of the cruise ship?

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Well that’s going to be part of the next stage of the analysis so there’s five options going forward, I don’t want to pre-empt the Westport Taskforce’s work, they’ll take into account all the, all the key factors but of the five options, two include Fremantle remaining a working container port. So that’s the next stage of the analysis there were 25 options that were on the long list, and today was the announcement of the short list. And further work will be going into the next, the next five.

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    You’re listening to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti we’re talking about a report which came out today which has recommended the outer harbour of Kwinana to be home to a new container port for Perth. Probably to carry that responsibility or most of that responsibility itself, what about roles for Fremantle? I guess that will be determined. I’d love to hear from you today.
    Rita Saffioti this report today also makes no case at all for Roe 8 and 9, solving the problems of moving freight and it’s for that reason I think that the Opposition describes the report as a sham.

    RITA SAFFIOTI
    Well it’s not a sham, it’s been independently chaired, they’ve done an analysis of 25 options, then a multi-criteria analysis and basically when you look at the costs of allowing Fremantle to continue to expand, both the costs of increasing the size of the inner harbour together with the transport cost, you’re looking at $5 to $6 billion dollars. And then there’s all the other associated roadworks, another $2 or $3 billion so it’s not a sham, it’s actually a good financial analysis and this has always been our point. Our point is that in the short term we’re putting more freight on rail, we’re doing some road upgrades but the medium to longer term we need the outer harbour and we need to get the road and rail links to the outer harbour.

    GEOFF HUTCHISON
    Thank you very much for talking to me today, Rita Saffioti is the Transport Minister.

    Ends…


  • Bunbury Port expansion ruled out, ABC Radio Perth News 7pm 15/8/2019

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    NEWSREADER
    A South West Liberal MP has expressed frustration that a State Government panel has effectively ruled out a major expansion of Bunbury Port.
    The Westport Taskforce says a new port is needed outside Fremantle and has proposed five options, all of which involve Kwinana.
    The taskforce says distance and cost make Bunbury Port unsuitable for a major role in container shipping.
    Steve Thomas says he’s disappointed.

    STEVE THOMAS
    So whilst the Government might say sometime in the future we might have a look, there might be some opportunities, they haven’t really taken Bunbury seriously. And my concern is...

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    NEWSREADER
    A South West Liberal MP has expressed frustration that a State Government panel has effectively ruled out a major expansion of Bunbury Port.
    The Westport Taskforce says a new port is needed outside Fremantle and has proposed five options, all of which involve Kwinana.
    The taskforce says distance and cost make Bunbury Port unsuitable for a major role in container shipping.
    Steve Thomas says he’s disappointed.

    STEVE THOMAS
    So whilst the Government might say sometime in the future we might have a look, there might be some opportunities, they haven’t really taken Bunbury seriously. And my concern is that I don’t think they’ve took Bunbury seriously throughout the process of the examination.

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  • Port missing out, Bunbury Mail 21/8/2019

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  • Kwinana harbour backed, Sound Telegraph 20/8/2019

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    By Pierra Willix

    The Outer Harbour is set to be built in Kwinana after the Westport Taskforce last week revealed the five short-listed options for WA’s new port development.

    The taskforce has spent the past two years investigating options for WA’s future port developments and was considering options in Kwinana, Fremantle and Bunbury.

    Of the short-listed options released last week, three proposed the development should be located in Kwinana, while the other two suggested freight capacity be shared with Fremantle.

    If given the green light, the option ranked the highest would see a standalone conventional land-backed port extending between the...

    By Pierra Willix

    The Outer Harbour is set to be built in Kwinana after the Westport Taskforce last week revealed the five short-listed options for WA’s new port development.

    The taskforce has spent the past two years investigating options for WA’s future port developments and was considering options in Kwinana, Fremantle and Bunbury.

    Of the short-listed options released last week, three proposed the development should be located in Kwinana, while the other two suggested freight capacity be shared with Fremantle.

    If given the green light, the option ranked the highest would see a standalone conventional land-backed port extending between the Kwinana Bulk Terminal and the Alcoa Jetty.

    It is forecasted to handle the full container load of 3.8 million 20ft equivalent units a year.

    The taskforce said this option provided good land transport connections, low environmental impacts in comparison to other options and freed up Fremantle for alternative uses.

    But it conceded that the port would displace the Kwinana horse beach and that connecting the last kilometre of Anketell Road and the rail line through to the port could be challenging given existing landholdings and infrastructure in the area.

    Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said an efficient port with modern transport linkages was “essential to the economic life of our State”. “The plan to build a second major port at Kwinana has existed since the Stephenson-Hepburn Plan back in the 1950s. This is not new thinking; the Outer Harbour port has been supported by both sides of Government for decades,” she said.

    Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said continually expanding the Fremantle Inner Harbour, along with the surrounding transport network, did not “stack up financially” because of constraints in the surrounding area, and that the network to the area would not cope in the next 20 years.

    The State Government said building the new port could take up to 10 years to deliver.


  • Greenies and industry divided on report’s options, Sound Telegraph 20/8/2019

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    By Pierra Willix

    News that a new Outer Harbour will be built in Kwinana has been met with mixed responses, with industry supporting the decision, while environmentalists say they are concerned the development could destroy Cockburn Sound.

    Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton said the top option selected by the Westport Taskforce was the “most logical and most practical”.

    Mr Oughton said the existence of established freight road and railway links in the area were major selling points and the development of a new port would inevitably be a “boon”, that would attract more overseas investment.

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    By Pierra Willix

    News that a new Outer Harbour will be built in Kwinana has been met with mixed responses, with industry supporting the decision, while environmentalists say they are concerned the development could destroy Cockburn Sound.

    Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton said the top option selected by the Westport Taskforce was the “most logical and most practical”.

    Mr Oughton said the existence of established freight road and railway links in the area were major selling points and the development of a new port would inevitably be a “boon”, that would attract more overseas investment.

    “We wholly support it and it reflects our long-held views that when the port does inevitably move to Kwinana, that’s where it should go,” he said.

    He said business would be attracted to the area once a decision to build a new “internationally competitive port” was announced to the world.

    Mr Oughton said the existence of extensive available land in the Western Trade Coast for further industrial expansion further solidified Kwinana as the logical choice for the development.

    He said of the 6000ha available hectares in the JUarea, 4000 were still to be developed.

    “There is going to be increased growth for the region with this option, and with it will come the generation of a massive amount of new employment,” he said.

    “We encourage the State Government to stay on the path to deliver this crucial piece of overdue infrastructure for the State.”

    City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the shortlist confirmed what the City had proposed and advocated for since 2015 — that “the future expanded working port belonged together with industry in Kwinana”. “All five short-listed options recognise Kwinana as being central to Perth’s long-term port needs and a new modern port in Kwinana, with uncongested freight linkages and significant capacity to grow, will not only allow WA to prosper, but also support international trade and present a number of opportunities for regional development and employment ” she said.

    “The City has long advocated for the port to move, recognising the finite life of Fremantle and the impractical realities of moving freight through urban areas.”

    She labelled the port development as “essential infrastructure of national significance” and as a “once in a generation economic development boost”.

    But, Fish Army convener Tim Barlow labelled the Westport Taskforce process a “sham”, and said further development in Cockburn Sound would have a devastating environmental impact.

    He said dredging would leave the area without any seagrass, which would then impact wildlife like dolphins, pink snapper, penguins and crayfish.

    Maritime Union of Australia WA deputy secretary Adrian Evans said he was “shocked” by the short-list and said the group had “serious concerns”.

    He said the port development in Kwinana would result in “trucks travelling longer distances, burning more fuel, emitting more pollution, and ultimately costing consumers more.”

    “We know the current port (in Fremantle) has plenty of life left in it.”


  • Bunbury not in container shipping plan, Bunbury Herald 20/8/2019

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    By Kate Fielding

    Bunbury Port has been ruled out as a preferred option for the State’s shipping container imports and exports needs.

    The Westport Taskforce last week released its short list of five different port and supply chain options to manage Perth’s growing container freight needs for the next 50 years and beyond.

    While all five options confirm the need for a new container port to be built in Kwinana, Bunbury Port did not feature in any of the shortlisted options.

    Building a new stand-alone port directly north of the Kwinana Bulk Terminal was ranked as the top option with...

    By Kate Fielding

    Bunbury Port has been ruled out as a preferred option for the State’s shipping container imports and exports needs.

    The Westport Taskforce last week released its short list of five different port and supply chain options to manage Perth’s growing container freight needs for the next 50 years and beyond.

    While all five options confirm the need for a new container port to be built in Kwinana, Bunbury Port did not feature in any of the shortlisted options.

    Building a new stand-alone port directly north of the Kwinana Bulk Terminal was ranked as the top option with Bunbury not making the cut based on the capital cost of duplicating the South West main rail line and the costs of transporting containers to Perth.

    Westport independent chairwoman Nicole Lockwood said it was essentially the high costs that made Bunbury unviable.

    “The costs of removing the basalt in Koombana Bay, cost impact per container, the higher operational costs and the costs of expanding the port itself were for Quality Repairs considerable,” Ms Lockwood said. “... the limited number of containers that originate from Bunbury was also a large factor.”

    While Bunbury missed out, Ms Lockwood said there were opportunities to improve the freight supply chain and grow local industries.

    Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the Westport process had “unfolded exactly as I expected” and resulted in positive recommendations for the port.

    Prior to the the 2017 State election, Mr Punch outlined in his “Plan for Bunbury” a desire to develop the role the port could play in the State’s freight task.

    “The intent of Westport was to ensure there was exposure for the capacity of Bunbury Port, its logistics capabilities and its contractors, and this outcome has been achieved,” Mr Punch said.

    “Bunbury Port is a successful port that continues to grow its incoming and outgoing tonnage and to attract the investment and support of Government.

    “It is now firmly on the radar with industry for niche container services, roll on roll off, and other specialist cargoes.”

  • Westport shortlist outlines new container port for Kwinana, WA Today 15/8/2019

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    By Cameron Myles

    A new port will be developed at the Kwinana Outer Harbour under each of the five shortlisted options put forward by the Westport Taskforce.

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    By Cameron Myles

    A new port will be developed at the Kwinana Outer Harbour under each of the five shortlisted options put forward by the Westport Taskforce.

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  • Why the big rush?, Sunday Times 25/8/2019

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  • Port in the storm, Sunday Times 18/8/2019

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    By Gareth Parker

    Multi-million dollar inquiry comes complete with a foregone conclusion WHEN is an independent ports inquiry not an independent ports inquiry?


    When it's politically hamstrung from the outset by the Government that commissioned it.

    This, unfortunately, is the charade of Westport, an incredibly detailed, incredibly expensive, and fatally flawed look at Perth and the South West's future port needs.

    That's not a criticism of Westport's work, which comes at a price of $3.2 million to date with a further $10 million in the budget forward estimates, or its chair Nicole Lockwood, whose team has done good and useful...

    By Gareth Parker

    Multi-million dollar inquiry comes complete with a foregone conclusion WHEN is an independent ports inquiry not an independent ports inquiry?


    When it's politically hamstrung from the outset by the Government that commissioned it.

    This, unfortunately, is the charade of Westport, an incredibly detailed, incredibly expensive, and fatally flawed look at Perth and the South West's future port needs.

    That's not a criticism of Westport's work, which comes at a price of $3.2 million to date with a further $10 million in the budget forward estimates, or its chair Nicole Lockwood, whose team has done good and useful work.

    It is just a plain-as-day statement of fact: the inquiry was nobbled from the start, directed to exclude from its detailed projections and planning entirely the idea that Roe 8-9 - a critical missing road link to the port - would be built.

    Lockwood did not even try to sugar coat this reality when I spoke to her.

    "It was not part of the scope we are given," she said.

    "We were given the opportunity to look at the whole (transport) network.

    One component of that (Roe 8/9) was not part of the picture. At the end of the day, that was the decision made on the basis of a strong community view that the Government decided was their agenda going forward." Fremantle Port last year handled 770,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and the working assumption since a planning exercise in 2014 has been that the harbour has the capacity for 2.1 million TEUs.

    Even that was a significant increase on the 1.4 million TEU maximum capacity that was assumed to be Fremantle's cap when Labor was in power last decade and Alannah MacTiernan first put a new port at Kwinana on the agenda.

    Remarkably, Westport's work extends this theoretical maximum capacity well out to 3.8 million TEUs, a radical increase, assuming infrastructure upgrades including dredging, infilling Rous Head and building a new breakwater on its ocean side. The constraint at Fremantle, Lockwood said, is not port capacity, but "very much about the road and rail connection".

    Think about that.

    Fremantle Port is presently less than a quarter of its capacity. Yet the taskforce recommends what the Labor Government is already politically committed to: a new port at Kwinana.

    And Roe 8/9, a potential solution to the biggest constraint - the transport linkages - is off the table altogether.

    Labor has committed to a half-baked upgrade of High Street through the Fremantle Golf Course and and a new roundabout at the Stirling Highway intersection.

    It also has plans for a much-needed replacement for the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, which will include upgraded rail capacity.

    Lockwood says these upgrades alone, according to Westport's analysis, will see the port and transport network functioning adequately until the middle of the 2030s, at which point the roads get full.

    Yet the base case for the modelling that recommends a Kwinana option is a port that will handle 3.8 million to 5.4 million containers, a massive five to seven times the existing container traffic volumes.

    It's all a bit silly. What's clear is that Fremantle Port will serve Perth's needs for at least the next two decades.

    A new port takes a decade to plan and build so by all means preserve options further south beyond that timeframe, but to build it earlier will be a waste of taxpayers' capital.

    We remember Ben Wyatt's 2017 election-eve promise.

    "If we win in 2017 and we don't get that (outer harbour) underway, I will resign," he said.

    Expect an argument soon over the definition of "underway".