Freo's View

REVIEW FREMANTLE PORT BUFFER ZONES

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on March 18, 2017

One of the first requests the City of Fremantle should make to new WA Premier Mark McGowan is for his government to review the buffer zone boundaries for Fremantle Port, to enable serious and realistic planning for the development of South Quay.

At present the buffer zones do not allow for residential or tourist accommodation at the southern side of the port. In my opinion it is inconsistent that cruise ships with thousands of older people on board can stay within the industrial and dangerous goods buffer zone, but residential and overnight accommodation on land next to it is not permitted.

The emergency evacuation of a low-rise hotel would take considerably less time than evacuating thousands of geriatrics off a cruise liner, and it would take a long time for such a vessel to leave port in an emergency.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on March 18, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Even if the land was handed to the City of Fremantle those buffer zones would still apply, as is the case with all development near the port.

    Roel

  2. luggerite said, on March 18, 2017 at 1:09 am

    One of the first requests the City of Fremantle should make to new WA Premier Mark McGowan is for his government to review who owns the land surrounding the port. It is actually owned by the govt, not Fremantle ports. They have use of the land for the purpose of operating the port. If they don’t need the land for the purpose it is made available for them, it should be taken back for public purposes. i.e.: I can’t see how building a hotel at the end of Slip St is an appropriate use of the land by the Port. If they are doing non-port-related development, I’d suggest that there are better bodies to manage the land and any such developments in the public interest.


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