Fremantle Port Worth $3 Billions in Lease Deal as Early as Jan 2016

Fremantle Port is gaining great interest in its privatization deal, by as early as Jan 2016.

Interest is high in what is likely to be Australia’s fourth and final big container port privatisation and it is understood potential buyers have been in touch with Western Australian government officials in recent weeks, seeking clarification on a number of important issues which will determine the port’s appeal and likely value.

PFL and the outer harbour will be key consideration in this lease deal of the FPA. Profit are up the container business is growing at over 6% annually.

Our new PM has stated he still supports the PFL funding model, stage one is finalized and interested parties are looking at stage 2 to further drive the price of the FPA operation.

WA stands to make a great windfall in the lease of Fremantle Port, freeing up funds generated in the lease deal for developing public transport (PT) which is a direction the new PM Turnball would like to see with use of the funds raised by leasing assets like the FPA.

Of course a minority group are against the PFL which could impact the final lease revenue generated for the port which could means less funds for Perth’s public transport infrastructure.

Sadly due to the Fremantle councils negative attitude for development in fremantle ( bar a select few) the PFL is likely to just be a truck route for the port instead of a positive development, improving locals road safety, lessening congestion and lowering pollution for our suburbs.

Guess theirs no donation for election campaigns for the right people, in the PFL so it looks like it will not be getting the golden tick of approval. Maybe if it started or finished at a mirco brewery it would get a look in?

 

Perth Freight Link Damned if we do Damned if we don’t Pt 2.

 

Following up from Pt 1.

If they bothered to read the Lat 32 plan it does not take trucks off roads or shorten truck trips it actually increases them and requires a longer road to be built. Plus it has Roe 8 as part of its plan. If anything the Lat 32 would increase truck miles and more than likely the number of trucks needed to do the job. Have a look here is a link latitude32.com.au

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Future Regional Road is ROE 8

The High wide load corridor is a road twice as long as PFL for truck trips, not rail. Rail use still stays at the max of 30% whether a new port is built or not.

As the COF council has eluded to in the council meetings is that the PFL well may go ahead anyway, if it does sadly it does not look our council has fought to get the best possible outcome for our suburbs in regards to traffic management and we will just sit and watch as congestion gets worse and more accidents happen and the state government just puts through a road that’s best for the port. Council is missing the opportunity to solve other traffic management issues which have nothing to do with trucks or FPA operations.

I still find it quite amusing the council complains about commercial in confidence when the state government uses it but council has commercial in confidence meetings regularly, the Kings Square business plan a perfect case in point. Since October last year a Fremantle resident has asked questions about some of the financial figures council used which are hidden from residents view due to the council claiming it’s in commercial in confidence. No double standards there right?

Why Does Fremantle Need or Not Need, Perth Freight Link (PFL)

 

Fremantle Wind Farm, Why Now?

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I see the Freo Wind Farm is back in vogue again, it seems to pop up at least a couple of times a year. Made a Saturday paper even a few weeks back. I thought the journos name seemed familiar so I did a google Search on Kate Emery, so if you put Brad Pettitt and Kate Emery and then google, it’s seems that this journalist is a bit pro Brad,  I don’t know how it works, but I now realize when I read an article in the West Australian  I have to look a lot deeper not just the spin laid out on top in black and white? Try googling their names together and see what pops up?

On FB  the wind farm it seems to have risen its head again back in December, I wonder what it’s all really about. Personally it will not look great and the issue of bird kill as well, doesn’t make it a great start?

I’m all in favour of renewable energy I have panels on my house, I asked about wind for home as well but it’s not available for residential. It’s ok for the city of Fremantle to have but not its residents? Wanted a bigger inverter to allow for wind later but it seems the industry is not that far along.

So we are back to hearing the drum being beaten for this little wind farm on FPA property,  Port Authority have said no way, so why is the issue being raised again?

Now I understand it’s planning to be a community wind farm,  so 1st of all, I ask why community funded, not commercial, well the first answer possibly  is if commercial has past it by, there’s no money it and/or the risk factors would out weight the benefits? So if it’s not good for commercial operators is it worth the risk to the community?

So how is this a good business proposal, especially for the community, what worries me is that city funds become part of the funding model? I’m sure that would suit some, as it’s another green catch cry, good for rallying the troops. Why is that important, ohhh could there be a local election rolling around this year? Yes time to dust off a few great community actions to show we care, outcome not so important, what counts is going through the motions to look the part. Another box to tick so to speak.

Hard to believe the environment is a concern to COF after pumping hundreds of tonnes of concrete in Freo CBD’s biggest park?….. cutting down 100+ trees at Kim Beazley site, seeking to approve a lease to put a huge pub on an A-Class reserve, having the second worse rating in Australia on the 202020 report? A shame Kim Beazley name is tied to a site that was deforested, especially with the great school system it had? Any Questions? The plans for the Burt St Favella will have no parks little real greenery just a lovely R160 zoning? Time to beat the social housing drum too?

I saw a couple of weeks ago a huge wind turbine come crashing down in Nth Ireland in light winds. Check out this article too? Then click on the picture below.

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Seems not much in info in the last couple of weeks has come to light, since then the rest of the turbines have been shut down, closing the whole wind farm. Could a community wind farm sustain such a closure? The size of this thing is huge. If it fell into the port if could shut down operations? What happens when a blade comes lose and flies off into the port operations full of ships, containers, cranes and more importantly people? Just this week we have seen a cable or pulley break sending a cranes cargo come crashing down. Imagine a turbine blade some 40m long weighting tonnes, braking off, slicing through the air only to hit a crane in operation.

imagesWhat a disaster that could lead too if a sucker this size got loss in Freo?

Here’s what one looks like when it comes apart.

The real question is does Freo want to risk having turbines on the harbour where passenger ferries travel in and out of regularly?

Could a turbine incident shut down our port and what impact would it have on the port operations in Freo and what financial impact could on the greater Perth metro business area?

I think the idea raises more and more issues the closer you look at it?

No to mention they have close to 2 yrs to go on their power contract with Synergy, so by the time they got set up Synergy could be locked into another contract for a for 5 or so?

Would I be putting my cash in right now, no I think not, doesn’t look like a safe bet for ratepayers funds either?

I also see a report on the ABC that the “The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s premier health research body, has called for Australian scientists to look into so-called “wind turbine sickness”, saying that very few scientifically rigorous studies have been done.”  From all I have read it on the FB page it sounds like a safe thing to have, guess you need to read a little further on such issues, perhaps FB is not the best place for real facts?

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/wind-turbine-crashes-to-the-ground-after-rotor-blades-spin-out-of-control-under-light-winds-9956194.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-30671607

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/wind-farm-scam-a-huge-cover-up/story-e6frgd0x-1226345185075

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