Outer Harbour in Cockburn Sound/Kwinana provides solution to WA’s freight issues, say four Mayors
December 17, 2015 8 Comments
This media release went out today:
Following yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court which ruled that the WA Environmental Protection Authority’s approval of the Perth Freight Link was ‘invalid’, four councils have reiterated their support for an immediate commitment to build the Outer Harbour in Cockburn Sound.
The Mayors of Cockburn, East Fremantle, Fremantle and Kwinana say the outer harbour is seen by many as the ideal solution to address WA’s growing freight logistics issues.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said diverting freight via an extended Tonkin Highway to a new outer harbour makes economic, financial, social and environmental sense.
“This solution avoids sensitive environmental areas and takes advantage of existing or planned infrastructure such as roads, rail and strategic distribution centres.”
Town of East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill said the development of the outer harbour in Cockburn Sound is a more visionary investment than trying to boost the sale price of an ageing port for short term gain.
City of Fremantle Mayor, Brad Pettitt said the City of Fremantle has always clearly supported the planning and development of an outer harbour in Kwinana as a sensible, long-term solution to container freight issues and hopes the court’s decision will encourage further discussion around this proposal.
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said a new Outer Harbour would be a strong employment and economic driver which would bring much needed jobs to the region.
“An outer harbour in this region is the future of port trade in WA. The port will create tens of thousands of jobs and generate billions in annual revenue to the state,” Mayor Adams said.
And all four Councils agree, if there is one thing that is almost unanimously supported across the State, even by the government itself, it’s the need for an Outer Harbour.
The Councils have united in their commitment to continue to push for the Outer Harbour along with other key stakeholders from a broad cross section of the community and business sectors.