Freight access remains the key question for the port at Fremantle. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Freight links still key for Freo port future

Fremantle’s port has room to grow container trade, possibly for three decades, according to a new report by the state government’s Westport taskforce, but freight infrastructure improvements are needed in the short term at Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana.


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So why do we try and stop Rowe 8 to link with the port? Sheer lunacy, premier, all for some green votes.

I totally agree with Jim Mann's comments. Just imagine trying to explain this ridiculous decision in 20 years' time.

We must provide an Indian-Pacific freight rail link, which means double stacking freight rail from the docks. Anything less is a strategic failure, and to consider increasing road freight through Fremantle is turning a blind eye to the existing impact to Fremantle across Stirling Bridge and along Leach Highway by queues of container trucks every working day. This issue is probably the worst planning logjam in WA, and should be resolved promptly rather than being filed in the too-hard basket. Build the new container port in Cockburn, and get WA properly connected.

I have a lot of respect for Nicole Lockwood after only hearing her speak once. I appreciate the need for a social licence"and engaging community, but yet again we have engaged a third party to conduct a study only to produce more or less the same information as a 2014 study. The future of Fremantle Port has been a talking point for various groups for almost 20 years. I'd like to see some significant investment in infrastructure be taken before the next study is complete.

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