29/05/2008 - 13:41

Libs encourage $10bn Freo island plan

29/05/2008 - 13:41

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The Liberal Party today offered qualified support for an ambitious $10 billion development project at Fremantle's North Quay.

Libs encourage $10bn Freo island plan

The Liberal Party today offered qualified support for an ambitious $10 billion development project at Fremantle's North Quay.

The development, comprising of six islands across 345ha of seabed, would feature houses, offices, hotels, schools and a performing arts cente.

Shadow Planning and Infrastructure Minister Simon O'Brien said he was in support of the development project, which was launched today.

"I will reserve my judgement about the reclamation of seabed on this scale pending the resolution of social, environmental and engineering concerns.

"However, I like bold, visionary plans for Western Australia and this plan certainly challenges the community to look to the future," Mr O'Brien said.

Last December, Mr O'Brien and the Liberal Opposition released A Vision for the Port of Fremantle which unveiled a major new plan for the strategic relocation of heavy port operations and road freight traffic out of North Fremantle.

"That policy envisaged a staged transfer of livestock transporters, bulk cargo, large car carriers and container ships away from North Quay to a new port at James Point by 2017.

"This would then provide the opportunity for a significant redevelopment project because the existing North Fremantle site, incorporating North Quay and Rous Head, is comparable in size to Perth's CBD," Mr O'Brien said.

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