The West Australian government is steaming ahead with the Westport project, announcing a new Future of Fremantle Planning Committee to examine opportunities for the port precinct and across the broader Fremantle area.

The Western Australian Planning Commission will establish the new committee for two years under the Planning and Development Act 2005.

Last year the government announced its backing for Westport, a land-backed port be built within the Kwinana Industrial Area, connected by a freight corridor via Anketell Road and Tonkin Highway.

The new committee will examine the future redevelopment of Fremantle’s North Quay, and surrounding land, while continuing to develop a new vision for a Victoria Quay Waterfront Precinct.

The committee will be supported by Nicole Lockwood, the former chairperson of the Westport Taskforce and will include representatives from state government agencies, Fremantle Ports, industry, local government and the Fremantle community.


A broader reference group will also be established with representation including local community members, and key government agencies with specific regulatory or advisory functions covering heritage, design and public transport.

Transport and ports minister Rita Saffioti said, “Westport is a once-in-a-lifetime project to deliver a new container port in Kwinana – it’s important we get it right.

“Looking at the future of Fremantle is an important outcome of Westport. That’s why we want to establish a Future of Fremantle Planning Committee.

“The committee would look at new economic opportunities and land uses for the port precinct and the broader Fremantle area.”