Westport




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Westport
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STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $4bn AUD
SECTOR: Other transport
JURISDICTION: WA
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The Government of Western Australia is exploring options to construct a new container port at Kwinana. This would see the eventual transfer of container handling capacity from Fremantle Port to the new Kwinana Port over time.

In July 2020, the Government of Western Australia endorsed the Westport Taskforce's Final Report, which identifies two preferred options for handling container freight over the long term. Both ultimately result in all freight capacity shifting from Fremantle to Kwinana, and both require the construction of a new land-backed port in the Kwinana Industrial Area serviced by an upgraded Anketell Road freight route.

The two preferred options from the Westport Taskforce Final Report are:

  • a staged transition from Fremantle to Kwinana, with container handling shared between the two ports for several decades, before eventually fully transferring to a Kwinana facility with an eventual handling capacity of 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) each year when demand warrants (Option D2), and
  • moving all freight from Fremantle to Kwinana in one step when it is economically and commercially viable (Option B).

The two options share the same location, land-backed design and eventual end state, with the key difference being the timing of the transition.

 


 

Key Dates

Aug 2020: WA Government commenced business case development

 


 

Funding

WA Government: $97,200,000 AUD

In July 2020, the WA Government allocated $97.2 million funding towards environmental assessment, detailed design, and business case development to progress the project. Of the $97.2 million, $25 million will be allocated for planning, corridor design, and community and landowner engagement along Anketell Road and Thomas Road.

 


 

Project History

Aug 2020: WA Government announces funding for planning, design and business case development.

Aug 2020: Westport Taskforce publicly releases Final Report and recommendations, which are subsequently endorsed by the WA Government.

Dec 2019: Taskforce releases shortlist of five options for new port.

 


 

Further Information

The Westport Taskforce, Chaired by Nicole Lockwood, was established and commissioned by the WA Government in 2017 to develop a long-term strategy to address Perth’s and the surrounding region’s freight needs. The Taskforce’s study focused on the existing port locations at Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, as well as associated road and rail links, and intermodal terminals.

The $97.2 million allocated by the WA Government will be managed by a new Westport Office established in the Department of Transport.



Last reviewed: 14/08/2020

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