One of the State Labor Government’s first priorities was to stop the Perth Freight Link, saving our communities and local environment from further destruction. This Government renegotiated contracts and redirected funds to a range of well-planned, alternative transport projects.
The incoming Government also stopped the privatisation of Fremantle Port which, combined with the Perth Freight Link, would have seen a massive increase in the volume of container trucks and traffic on local roads.
The Government is working to get more freight off local roads and onto rail. We have invested an extra $9.8 million to increase freight rail subsidies, and are working to improve the management of container movements in and out of the port.
We will proceed with the long-slated upgrade to High Street, in consultation with the community and local government, to improve traffic flow and safety.
The Outer Harbour Task force has begun planning for the second port at Kwinana, which will be well served by excellent road and rail links.
Our long term vision consists of a new port at Kwinana while Fremantle Port will continue to operate with a cap on the volume of freight it handles. This will allow for the redevelopment of South Quay into a world-class cruise ship destination, creating new jobs in tourism and hospitality.