By Kelly Marie Smith
There has been a push for the construction of the proposed land backed outer harbour in Kwinana.
It was one of the McGowan Government’s key promises in this years election, with the aim of taking pressure off Fremantle port and increase WA’s freight capacity.
Since scrapping the Roe 8 project, congestion in the industry continues to grow, motivating the push for the infrastructure to move ahead.
The city of Kwinana believes sufficient funding could be found in the private sector to build what they are calling the, Indian Ocean Gateway, and concludes that there will be very limited environmental impact if the land-backed port is built.
It is estimated that the project will directly employ over 35,000 people, a needed boost for the economy. The project will also see to reducing congestion by moving trucks from Leach Highway, to Anketell or Rowley roads.
According to Kim Draevniks, this harbour has been a long time coming,
“The great thing about the Western Harbor Alliance is that we really looked at the triple bottom line,” She said.
“We think that not only about the fantastic economic outcome be for WA at this stage with the growth in industry, and they have been looking for assurity for many, many years.”
The McGowan Government estimates that it could be up to 10 years before the first ships sail into the proposed outer harbor.
For now, the government wants to keep using Fremantle as a working port, at a capped capacity to reduce the amount of trucks congesting the roads.