WESTERN Australian transport and planning minister, Rita Saffioti, has announced the establishment of a taskforce to outline a long-range vision to guide the planning, development and growth of both the Inner Harbour at Fremantle and the future Outer Harbour at Kwinana.
Dubbed the Westport Taskforce, the group is to deliver a strategy paper addressing key policy questions about the location, size, operating model and timing for a future port.
Planning for the associated road and rail links to the new port facilities is to form a part of the overarching strategy.
Ms Saffioti said the Taskforce would lay the foundations for building the Outer Harbour while retaining the Inner Harbour as a working port.
“The future Outer Harbour is a vital piece of economic infrastructure that presents an opportunity to increase local jobs across various industries,” she said.
“The Westport Taskforce will focus on providing the necessary infrastructure to support the long-term economic development of the state, maximising future jobs, minimising costs and truck movements, and maximising opportunities for innovation.”
The Taskforce’s independent chairperson was named as Nicole Lockwood, a former director of KPMG, current board member of Infrastructure Australia and chairperson of the Freight Logistics Council.
The Taskforce steering committee is to include director generals of six government departments, with the chairpersons of the Planning Commission and Fremantle Ports. They will be supported by expert, multi-disciplinary project personnel.
The Taskforce’s governance arrangements will also incorporate key stakeholders, including government agencies, port users, local governments, community groups and transport industry unions.