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NEW LEASES FOR FREMANTLE PORT CONTAINER TERMINALS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2018

 

Fremantle Ports is asking for tenders for new leases for the two container shipping terminals at North Quay.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced today that the opportunity was being offered in an open market expression of interest process.

The intention is to grant new seven-year leases with options for extensions for two further periods of up to seven years, at the discretion of Fremantle Ports and dependant on the outcome of the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy.

A new management agreement for the operation of the North Quay Rail Terminal will also be put in place through a parallel Request for Proposals process.

A seven-year lease is relatively short, so that must mean the McGown government is serious about a new overflow port near Kwinana.

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE INFO TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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Come along to the drop-in sessions to see the draft concept plan and speak to the project team of Main Roads WA, who will be available to answer questions.

Drop-in anytime TODAY from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 30 April or 3pm to 6pm on Thursday 10 May at Stackwood, Stack Street, Fremantle.

View the draft concept plan and read more project information on the website – https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

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FREMANTLE PORT’S MIGHTY TUG BOATS

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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I love Fremantle’s working port. There is no day that goes by that I don’t drive onto the South or North Mole or go for a wander along Victoria Quay.

I love the always changing scenery of vessels arriving and departing, the sound of containers being put on trucks and majestic huge cruiseliners turning in port on a coin.

I took the photos of this mighty little tug boat yesterday morning just after nine o’clock.

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

 

 

The community consultation by Main Roads about the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway upgrade is starting with the department sending out letters to nearby residents from today.

The proposed upgrade from Carrington Road to Stirling Highway is part of the $ 2.3 billion Road and Rail Infrastructure package which is funded by the state and federal governments.

Key features for the upgrade are a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve mature trees, and a single lane service road for residents north of High Street.

The concept design period is expected to take up to six months so that the community will have ample time to comment and be informed.

People can provide feedback by completing a survey online at https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

Or send an email to highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au<mailto:highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au>

Posting to PO Box 6202 EAST PERTH WA 6892 or phoning 138 138

There will be an information display at the City of Fremantle Library from Monday 7 May.

Roel Loopers

PUTTING YOUR LIFE ON THE FREO LINE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, freight, tourism, trains, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2018

 

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We should never underestimate the stupidity of our fellow human beings, as this photo I took this morning at 10am shows.

This group of young tourists literally put their life on the line by walking on the railway track, because the footpath at Arthur Head is closed due to rockfall danger.

It would have taken a panic run of about 100 metres to get to safety if a container freight train had come. Stupidity at its worst!

Roel Loopers

A ROUNDABOUT FOR FREIGHT TO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2018

 

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This is the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway upgrade concept plan by Mainroads which will now go through a community consultation process.

Already there have been concerns expressed about pedestrian safety, parking for netball, FERN, the golf course, etc. so it is still a work in progress.

I’ll keep you up to date about any future community meetings set up by Mainroads so that you can have your say.

Roel Loopers

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NEW PUBLIC DEBATE ON ROE 8

 

 

The announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan about the Fremantle High Street upgrade has resurrected the debate about the canceled Perth Freight Link and Roe 8 highway.

There have been quite a few letters in the West Australian in support of Roe 8 and the PFL and there was an opinion piece by Liza Harvey MLA, who was the deputy premier of the previous government under Colin Barnett.

It is very intriguing to note that Liza Harvey now suddenly writes there would be other options for the McGowan government to consider than going through the Beeliar wetlands. If that is the case, why did the former Liberal/National state government not consider those options but instead, and in spite, decided to start the demolition of the wetlands, although all the indications were that they would be kicked out of government. Liza Harvey’s hypocrisy is unbelievable.

Fact is also that the Perth Freight Link was not exclusively for freight and trucks, as some letter writers claim and that it actually did not go to Fremantle Port but finished at Stirling Highway. A part solution really was no solution. Ask North Freo residents!

The new plans are not ideal either as they don’t address pedestrian crossing adequately and while I do like roundabouts I don’t like that so many Perth motorists don’t seem to know how to use them, so that could become a problem.

Freight trucks have overturned in the past at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway because of taking the corner at excessive speed, a roundabout won’t fix that problem either.

A new outer harbour is still a very long way away and freight to the port will no doubt increase, so when is the state government going to address more freight by rail?

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE FINALLY-MAYBE.

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 6, 2018

 

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Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today unveiled a proposal for the widening of High Street, between Stirling Highway and Carrington Street, to improve safety and address peak hour congestion in the area.

The draft concept plans, which will now be taken to the community for feedback, include a roundabout at the Stirling Highway intersection; a wide median to separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees; and a single-lane service road for residents north of High Street.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it appeared the message provided by the public that previous models were overly intrusive and expensive had been heard.

“Our community wants to see reduced noise and pollution, and improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, as well as those living along High Street and users of the nearby Frank Gibson Park netball courts.

“We are also keen to ensure the upgrade provides a suitable sense of ‘arrival’ and welcome at what is a key gateway into Fremantle.”

Mayor Pettitt said the City would play a partnership role with the State Government and Main Roads to ensure local stakeholders including members and officials of the nearby Fremantle Public Golf Course, High Street residents and the broader community were consulted closely during the process to develop and finalise the upgrade design.

COMMENT:

This is promising news but it is disappointing that the WA Government Media department still has not reached the 2000s and acknowledges the importance of blogs such as Freo’s View.

I have often and in detail reported about all the plans by the former government and the news that suddenly the High Street upgrade was scrapped for a tunnel to nowhere.

Neither the Premier’s media people, nor those of our local representatives Josh Wilson MP and  Minister Simone McGurk, or the City of Fremantle flak catchers bothered to inform me. I need an emoji with a one finger salute! ; >)

Roel Loopers

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HIGHER SUBSIDY FOR FREO PORT FREIGHT BY RAIL

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2017

 

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In an effort to get more freight on rail and fewer trucks on the road Transport Minister Rita Saffioto has announced that the WA state government will increase the rail subsidy for freight operators to Fremantle Port, to rise from $ 30 to $ 50 per twenty-foot container.

This is the result of the cancellation of the Perth Freight Link by the new Labor government.

The minister said the subsidy would be paid for all loaded containers that move between North Quay Rail Terminal, Forresfield and Kwinana, as well as for containers filled with hay that are received by rail at NQRT for export.

“The rail service plays a significant role in achieving greater efficiency in the container supply chain as well as improving community amenity and environmental benefits along metropolitan roads that link to Fremantle Port,” Saffioti said.

The state government has also formed the Westport taskforce that will investigate a new outer harbour at Kwinana and related issues..

Roel Loopers

UNION TRUTH ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

I was given a copy of an eight-page flyer The Truth About The Flawed Outer Harbour Plan, written by the Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch secretary and National President Christy Cain.

It’s always good to try to see all sides of an argument, so let’s have a look at the facts the MUA published in the leaflet.

# The MUA claims that Fremantle Port is only running at 50% capacity and that there is no need for a premature costly duplication of the port at Kwinana.

# The MUA supports the long-term vision of an overflow port at Kwinana when it is needed, but say it is not needed yet, and that the volume at Fremantle Port has been falling for some time.

# The proposed cap on Fremantle Port is lower than the current volume and would be anticompetitive, the union claims. It would prevent the current terminal operators to grow.

# 90% of containers to and from the port are on the road between 6am-6pm Monday to Friday. The port operates 24/7 but nearly all containers are handled in just 35% of all the hours available.

# Better coordination of road transport, plus general decline in volume has seen a 11% reduction in truck visits to Fremantle Port over the last two years.

# Rail is underutilised as is handles only 14.5% of containers, while it is designed to carry 30% of container traffic.

# The MUA says that if the outer harbour was built now, 20-30 years before it is needed, it would add $ 10 billion to the construction cost, making it a $ 15-16 billion dollar dud, that would cause a dramatic increase to freight costs.

# Fremantle Port supports 2,000 direct employees and an estimated total workforce of 6,000 direct and indirect employees servicing the port.

# The outer harbour would be automated and would have less jobs than Fremantle Port.

# Government Treasury predicts another 25 years of growth potential for Fremantle Port. It stated that artificial capping would result in earlier capital investment in the Outer Harbour and related road and rail infrastructure-imposing an unnecessary financial burden on the WA Government, container trades and the community.

If you have any questions it is best to contact the MUA as I won’t have the answers.

 

Roel Loopers

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