New port options

TWO new options have been added to the shortlist of potential harbour solutions for Perth by the Westport Taskforce.

Westport chair Nicole Lockwood said a second analysis of the shortlist had identified the need to look at a transition from Fremantle to a stand-alone port in Kwinana rather than a straight swap-over. Ms Lockwood said the transition phase was deliberately left out during the first round of assessments so the process wasn’t over-complicated. She said the new transition options highlighted the complexity of Westport’s work and how they’d remained flexible as new data emerged.

The reassessment means five of the seven port options now ultimately see the downgrading of Fremantle in favour of the Outer Harbour.

Ms Lockwood said her team would be writing up its final recommendations to the McGowan government in December, with the report to be presented in the first quarter of 2020.

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