Planning a world-class container port and trade network
While Fremantle’s Inner Harbour will continue to play a key role in trade for our State, a new container port for WA will not only ensure trade can continue to move effectively for hundreds of years to come, it will also provide an opportunity to establish a modern freight network that can adapt to future growth and technologies over time.
The scale and interconnected nature of a trade supply chain means a major port at this scale must be planned well in advance. This allows any future developments to be considered and gives the major construction projects that follow enough time to be carefully designed and delivered before trade bottlenecks happen in the future.
To support this thorough planning, the Westport Program is developing a business case that will recommend to Government high-level designs and best timing and means to transition from the Inner Harbour in Fremantle to the Outer Harbour in Kwinana.
Stage 1 and Stage 2
Westport Independent Taskforce: September 2017 - August 2020.
In August 2020 the Westport: Future port recommendations Stage 2 report was endorsed by the State Government. This followed the Westport Independent Taskforce’s preliminary work, which identified Kwinana as the best location after a comprehensive comparison of more than 20 different options.
Westport Program: Current stage
The Westport Planning Program in Stage 3 will provide advice to Government about when and how a new Kwinana port and logistics network should be developed, and will make investments and decisions to enable this development project. The business case will recommend to Government the high-level designs and best time and way to transition from the Inner Harbour in Fremantle to the Outer Harbour in Kwinana.