The McGowan Labor Government has endorsed the independent Westport Taskforce's recommended location and design for a future container port at Kwinana, to meet Western Australia's long-term freight needs and remove container trucks from Perth's suburbs.
The final report has recommended a land-backed port be built within the Kwinana Industrial Area, connected by an uninterrupted freight corridor via Anketell Road and Tonkin Highway.
Work will now proceed to determine the timetable of transitioning freight from Fremantle Port to Kwinana. The transition will occur either in one step by 2032 or over a phased period that will see both ports share the freight task for around a further 15 years.
Last year the Westport Taskforce found that even with billions of dollars' worth of road upgrades, the transport network supporting the Fremantle Inner Harbour would reach capacity by the mid-2030s.
The Westport Taskforce has found that a Kwinana container port will need to be operational by around 2032, meaning planning for a future container port must get underway now.
The recommendations of the Westport Taskforce are the result of the most rigorous investigation into WA's freight needs in the State's history, including two years of significant technical data collection, and extensive consultation and collaboration with industry, local government and the community.
The recommended container port at Kwinana would include upgrading Anketell Road into a freight route that will connect the port directly to Tonkin Highway and the logistics precincts in the outer Perth metropolitan area.
It will also be supported by an enhanced rail network and new intermodal terminals.
These new road and rail links will help ease congestion by taking container trucks out of the suburbs and from the existing freight transport routes, helping to improve road safety and efficiency.
The final recommendations were based on the outcome of two detailed multi-criteria analyses (MCAs): a rapid cost-benefit analysis and a strategic risk analysis. Priorities such as the marine and terrestrial environment, commercial and economic costs and benefits, social impacts, heritage and land use were heavily weighted by the Westport Taskforce.
The McGowan Government has allocated $97.2 million to progress on the recommended options, to be managed by a new Westport Office established in the Department of Transport.
That work will prioritise:
- assessing and mitigating environmental impacts;
- protecting land for future port and supply chain connections;
- detailed port, road and rail design; and
- developing a business case for consideration by Infrastructure Australia.
The Westport Taskforce's final report is available at https://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport
Read the full media statement: Visionary plan for future container port endorsed by Government