The State Government has said that a long-term plan was required to secure future trade gateways.
Extensive research had shown that Cockburn Sound was the only suitable location for new container-handling port facilities and, given the number of strategic port, industry and utility interests in that area, it was vital that all relevant issues were assessed through the appropriate statutory processes.
Most demand for imported goods comes from the metropolitan area and locating the new container port close to Perth is the only viable option.
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Working with the Department of Transport and other agencies, Fremantle Ports has undertaken planning for additional port facilities to cater for trade growth beyond the capacity of Fremantle’s Inner Harbour.
The Kwinana Quay proposal is an offshore option for additional container and general cargo port facilities with road and rail connections. Road and rail connections would be via an open spanned bridge.
The development of this option has been informed by numerous environmental, planning and other studies and has had significant community and other stakeholder input.