The WA Government has endorsed an independent Westport Taskforce recommendation for a future container port at Kwinana.
The final report recommends a land-backed port be built within the Kwinana Industrial Area, connected by an uninterrupted freight corridor via Anketell Road and Tonkin Highway, to meet the state’s long-term freight needs and remove container trucks from Perth’s suburbs.
Work will now proceed to determine the timetable of transitioning freight from Fremantle Port to Kwinana, either in one step by 2032 or as a phased transition which will see both ports share the freight task for around a further 15 years.
The WA Government has allocated $97.2 million to progress the recommended options which will prioritise assessing and mitigating environmental impacts, protecting land for future port and supply chain connections, a detailed design and developing a final business case.
The Westport Taskforce’s final report is available at https://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport
For more information see the Visionary plan for future container port endorsed by Government media statement.