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Posted in city of fremantle, federal government, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017


Busy Fremantle Port today


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been battling the Abbott virus for some time, mentioned in an interview with the Sunday Times on the weekend that his government is interested in helping to fund a major port project in Western Australia.

One has to assume he meant the overflow port at Kwinana, which would open up Fremantle Port for part development, such as the South Quay Project suggested by the City of Fremantle.

Now that Fremantle Port will not be sold/leased out for 50 years the opportunities for development and changes at the port are real, but it requires more flexibility from the Port administration and board, and willingness to change some of the buffer zones around the harbour.

Fremantle Ports need to start behaving more like it is part of the Fremantle community, rather than as if it is not connected to it, and they should learn from Notre Dame University on how to become a better corporate citizen of Freo.

It seems rather inconsistent that large cruise ships with thousands of mainly elderly passengers on board can be in Port for a day or more, but that the buffer zones don’t allow for tourist accommodation or residential development at Victoria Quay.

If some of the port operations could be moved to Kwinana it would create fantastic opportunities to develop non operational areas of the port.


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  1. Rob Fittock said, on August 10, 2017 at 6:42 am

    May the rumours flourish with embellishments

  2. freoview said, on August 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I depends on the capacity of the new port I suppose and on environmental issues, for all I care they should put the live sheep to the KBJ or KBT and move the RoRo over to North Quay, so that development of Victoria/South Quay can start earlier.

    It is likely they’ll keep cruise liners as they will not want to go to Kwinana.


  3. Clayton Gunning said, on August 8, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Roel, I am not saying you are unbalanced or uninformed but that in this instance you are just repeating something that isn’t true. The term “overflow port” keep everyone happy until a new port is constructed and then Fremantle is closed as being too old, too expensive to maintain, uncompetitive or the site needs to be sold to fund schools, hospitals or balance the budget.

    You’ve heard me makes these claims before and you haven’t heard of one person who was able to dispute my claim.

  4. freoview said, on August 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I am using the terminology the state government has been using for years, Clayton so not sure how that can be judged as unbalanced and uninformed.


  5. Clayton Gunning said, on August 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Roel you pride yourself on being balanced and informed. Please do not call the Kwinana Outer Harbour an “overflow” port; it will be when it is built whether in this next five or 50 years the Container Handling Facility that services Perth and North Quay Fremantle redeveloped for housing.

    You can write that this is Government policy but policy can be changed and economics used to justify it. I’ve called out out State Member and the Mayor on this issue and no one can explain how a billion dollar state of the art facility will be left to work below capacity just so Fremantle can continue. It’s weaker than the argument to maintain Subiaco Oval for WAFL fixtures.

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