During 2018 Perth NRM became involved in the process being undertaken by the Westport Taskforce (link https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/projects/westport-port-and-environs-strategy.asp). This taskforce is examining options to address the future capacity needs of Perth and WA to manage increased sea freight and particularly container based transport. The options that are under consideration include increased capacity at Fremantle and Bunbury, a new outer harbour in Cockburn Sound, or some combination of the three.
Since November Perth NRM has been represented on Taskforce Reference Group as well as the Environmental Work Stream. Our belief is that where major infrastructure projects are on the cards we can be most effective by sitting at the table and informing the process as much as possible in terms of the potential damage that could result, but just as importantly the opportunities to leverage the programs for improved environmental outcomes and in the case of the Westport Taskforce, this is the approach that we are taking.
We also believe that it’s important for people throughout the community to be educated about major projects like these and provide feedback to those responsible for the project. If you haven’t already been paying attention to Westport, then going through the information accessed by clicking on the link above is the best place to start.