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A NEW PORT OR A PIPE DREAM?

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2017

 

The outer harbour forum at Fremantle Victoria Hall was an interesting event and the hall was packed full, so there is clearly strong community interest in finding solutions for a better way on how WA deals with freight and port related transport and issues.

I was impressed with the presentation of Nicole Lockwood, the independent chair of the newly created WESTPORT.

She said the Kwinana outer harbour and issues related with it would be one of the longest planning exercises in WA, as the outcome would be looking after the State’s freight for the next 50-100 years.

The reference group was very broad and inclusive and relied on participation, input and ideas from all levels of the industries, government departments and community.

It is about planning a modern port, land and transport plans, assessing commercial aspects, identifying industrial opportunities, and maximising compatibility.

There is huge land access at Kwinana and Bunbury that can be utilised.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was good to have a rational conversation on how to transition part of the port activity to Kwinana as there is an opportunity to rethink the south side of the harbour.

There needs to be a better port to city connection and either upgrade the passenger terminal or build a new one further west with better access to the city.

Pettitt said Fremantle Council wanted to keep Fremantle as a working port as long as possible.

Infrastructure advisor Cameron Edwards said WA needed to offer a competitive international product and that a new outer harbour would create significant value to pay off the State’s debt.

Fremantle Port was a ‘stranded asset’ and the rail link under-utilised. Kwinana would be able to handle much longer trains than Fremantle, where the maximum length is only 690 metres.

The creation of a large industrial park and special economic trading zone at Kwinana would stimulate the WA economy. Kwinana is where the money is and that has significant advantage, Edwards said.

Fremantle deserves world-class facilities and there are great examples around the world how well we can rejuvenate old ports.

A new port would create 18,000 new jobs while the status quo would not create any new jobs.

Professor Phil Jennings spoke at length about serious environmental problems in Cockburn Sound in the past and that there are still areas where seagrass is dying and the pollution is bad, but with proper conditions and management in place the outer harbour could be acceptable.

Professor Peter Newman said we should create Lithium Valley at Kwinana as we have already eight lithium mines in WA and it is a growth industry. We should not just be exporting our lithium though but build the batteries here in WA.

Nicole Lockwood said it was going to be a huge jigsaw puzzle and a dynamic exercise to understand the constraints and opportunities of a new outer harbour.

I walked away wondering how realistic all this is, as we just had Fremantle Port wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars planning for the sale of the port, now the new Labor government is changing that all around with absolutely no guarantee that a future Liberal government will not scrap the plans again.

The reality will be that the construction of an outer harbour will not start in the next ten years because Fremantle Port is not anywhere near capacity and WA is broke. The ‘overflow port’ won’t really be needed for another 15-20 years. 

Building lithium batteries in WA is highly unrealistic because labour costs here are far too high to be internationally competitive.

And keeping a working port at North Quay while developing Victoria Quay is unfortunately also unrealistic because of the buffer zones at the port and safety and security issues. That means there can’t be residential or hotel development, so all that could be done is commercial activity of retail and offices.

While strategic long-term planning for our state is important it is essential to be extremely realistic about what can be achieved and what will remain just another pipedream.

 

Roel Loopers

KWINANA PORT FORUM ON TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2017

 

There is a forum on the planning of a Kwinana Port TODAY, November 20 at Victoria Hall in Fremantle. It is on from 7pm-9.30pm.

The Kwinana Outer Harbour has been in the pipeline for over twenty years and was the solution to freight hitting Fremantle long before the Perth Freight Link was dreamed up. The new Westport Task Force was recently formed by the State Government to finally make it a reality.

Nicole Lockwood, Chair of Westport will talk of her plans,  and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt will speak on the opportunities this opens up for Fremantle.

Infrastructure adviser Cameron Edwards will speak on why a Kwinana port will lead to jobs growth and massive economic potential for WA, Professor Philip Jennings on the environmental considerations, and Professor Peter Newman on transport planning and why this all makes sense.

A Q&A will follow presentations.

The Western Harbours Alliance purpose is to help establish new partnerships between community, government and business to create the opportunities and overcome the barriers to building a new 21st century port in the Perth Metropolitan Region, bringing great economic, employment and social benefits for the people of Western Australia. WHA is a member of the Westport Reference Group.

http://www.westernharboursalliance.com

THE FREMANTLE SOUTH QUOKKAMOLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

South Mole

 

Life is far too often too serious, and this has been a shit year for me, so the best escape is having a laugh now and then.

After seeing yet another smashed avocado dish on a Freo cafe menu, I had the idea of making the entrance to Fremantle Port a bit more catchy, and that spicy avocado dip guacamole inspired me.

Since the Rottnest Island ferries are steady visitors to Fremantle Port we should rename the moles to South Quokkamole and North Quaokkamole.

It could even become an avocado dish on the island in one of its cafes. :>)

Roel Loopers

THE PLANNING OF KWINANA PORT FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

PFL protest

 

There is a forum on the planning of a Kwinana Port this coming Monday, November 20 at Victoria Hall in Fremantle. It is on from 7pm-9.30 pm.

The Kwinana Outer Harbour has been in the pipeline for over twenty years and was the solution to freight hitting Fremantle long before the Perth Freight Link was dreamed up. The new Westport Task Force was recently formed by the State Government to finally make it a reality. 

Nicole Lockwood, Chair of Westport will talk of her plans,  and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt will speak on the opportunities this opens up for Fremantle.

Infrastructure adviser Cameron Edwards will speak on why a Kwinana port will lead to jobs growth and massive economic potential for WA, Professor Philip Jennings on the environmental considerations, and Professor Peter Newman on transport planning and why this all makes sense.

A Q&A will follow presentations.

The Western Harbours Alliance purpose is to help establish new partnerships between community, government and business to create the opportunities and overcome the barriers to building a new 21st century port in the Perth Metropolitan Region, bringing great economic, employment and social benefits for the people of Western Australia. WHA is a member of the Westport Reference Group.

http://www.westernharboursalliance.com

BONJOUR TO FREO FRENCH NAVY FRIGATE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2017

 

Fr 1

 

The first thing I do most mornings is drive onto the Fremantle South Mole to have a look at the activity in port.

This morning a French navy frigate arrived and turned around in the harbour, so here some photos of it.

I did not find anything about the vessel on the Fremantle Port website, so don’t know the name of the ship or the duration of her stay in port.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE VICTORIA QUAY SUNSET

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

maritime sunset

 

During the summer months the setting sun creates beautiful warm colours on the walls of A and B Shed on Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port.

I love the intensity of the reflecting light and took this photo yesterday around 6.30pm.

 

Roel Loopers

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MARITIME DAY IMPRESSIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2017

 

 

Here some photos of today’s Maritime Day at Fremantle Port.

It is on at Victoria Quay till 4 pm, so take the kids, the hubby, and the gopher chauffeurs and get a nose of fresh Indian Ocean sea air.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MARITIME TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2017

 

Maritime Day

 

The annual Fremantle Port Maritime Day is on today from 10am to 4pm so make it a family day out in good old Freo!

This is a great event for children as they can visit a tugboat, see a submarine close up, enjoy navy displays, free harbour ride, food, music, entertainment, etc.

One can also visit the Maritime Museum for only a gold coin donation, so that is a substantial saving!

And while at Victoria Quay wander down to the West End to take in the public art of High Tide of the Fremantle Festival.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORTS MARITIME DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2017

 

Portfolio Sept 2017 carousel

 

Fremantle Ports is holding their annual Maritime Day tomorrow Saturday November 4 from 10am to 4pm.

Tug boat visits, rides in the harbour, navy displays, marching bands, music. A fun free family day!

 

Roel Loopers

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NORTH FREO TANKS DEMOLISHED

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on October 18, 2017

 

 

Many of the big fuel tanks in North Fremantle are being demolished to free up land there, but I am not aware what the plans for the area are, so would appreciate if anyone who knows could let us know.

Is it for port business, or for residential development?

 

Roel Loopers

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