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?

 

River tunnel gets minister’s ear | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Source: River tunnel gets minister’s ear | Fremantle Herald Interactive Perth Freight Link issue

Just a few clarifications, while I did speak to Main Roads about the PFL their meeting was not 90 mins, they suggested another person who gave us a 90 mins meeting which lead to the meeting with Dean Nalder. Whom I must say was very generous with his time and open to our suggestions. I imagine he has dozens of restricting issues let alone how much they it would cost.

Also our idea was a little more sophisticated than dumping the rocks over the end of the port, but the intent or suggestion was to use the earth extracted from the tunnel to further extend the port for space, giving the port almost double its dock  current space, freeing up other space for residential or mixed space use, partly to offset the additional cost of tunneling option. A huge cost and time saving issue i’m sure?

The main idea if we had a tunnel and motorway that serviced the area it would work for the port , then at a later date if it had another use, the motorway access would service its next function as well as freeing up our major roads from through traffic, these are the  roads used by local residences and businesses.

It has the potential to seriously lighten traffic on

  • Stirling Hwy
  • Old Fremantle bridge and Queen Victoria St
  • Hampton Rd
  • High St
  • South St
  • Canning Hwy
  • Curtin Ave
  • etc.

Again the point is if the PFL is going to be built, trying to get the best possible outcome for Fremantle, its business and residents, instead of just a motorway in and out of the port.

Perhaps not perfect but the 1st step in a bigger conversation for the greater benefit of Fremantle.

 

 

Premier takes passenger s seat – The West Australian

Premier Colin Barnett joins State Political Editor Gareth Parker to discuss issues concerning WA voters.

Source: Premier takes passenger s seat – The West Australian

Here is the bit I’m sure interests all the locals on the PFL.

The section on the light rail is interesting as well.

PERTH FREIGHT LINK

GP: One of the issues that a lot of people wanted to talk about on our Facebook pages and on Twitter is the Perth Freight Link. It’s a very expensive project, it’s a very contentious project. Why are you going ahead with it?
CB: Perth is quite a unique city. We have a population of just under 2 million, but Perth is also a major trading point. We don’t have much manufacturing industry scattered around the suburbs of Perth, and yet we’ve got huge mining, petroleum and agricultural industries. So we’ll always have large amounts of heavy transport, chemicals transport, agricultrual produce, minerals, coming out of rail systems and the like. That makes us a little bit different, our ports are very important. The project, I think, should be looked at in two stages. The first stage is Roe 8, which is taking (traffic) from the (Kwinana) Freeway through to Stock Road. Now, whatever the future of the port may be, Roe 8 is needed, both to service the Fremantle Port and a future port at Cockburn.

GP: Do you say that Roe 8 could take traffic south as well as north (from Stock Road?)
CB: Wherever the port goes, you need Roe 8. So Roe 8 will be the first stage and a lot of work has done into that, its design, environmental approvals, it really is ready to go. We think work will probably start next year on Roe 8. The second component is getting heavy vehicles, not only through Roe 8, but into the port. There are all sorts of issues there, because we’re going through established residential areas. So the design work is not yet complete. A fair bit of work needs to happen on that. We do need to have a better access into Fremantle. Fremantle will continue to grow as a port for another 15 years, then it will continue (as a working port). It’s not going to close. There seems to be a view that Fremantle is going to close. It won’t. It will reach its capacity then continue to operate at that capacity. In about 15 years time you will start to see extra port facilities develop in Cockburn. It won’t be as big as Fremantle initially, but by 2030 maybe it will become the main port. So at that stage, you will also need the access to go to Cockburn.

GP: There’s two main options beyond Roe 8. One is to take it north on Stock Road, then west on Leach Highway and High Street. The other option the Transport Minister is looking at is tunnelling. You’re supposed to award a contract by December. Are you confident you’ll have enough information to be able to pick an option that’s within Budget by December?
CB: No I’m not. I think that’s probably a bit tight.

GP: It will be pushed out?
CB: Well I think we’ve got to get this right. And it is complicated. For the moment, the concentration will be getting Roe 8 underway.

GP: So you’re now saying this is really a two-stage process?
CB: There are two projects. Interconnected, but Roe 8 is the start, get Roe 8 built, then build the connection into Fremantle. So there is a bit of time to sort that out, and there are complex issues, one of which is the choice between different road routes, or tunnelling – a lot of work to be done to investigate that. There is also the issue of how do you get across the Swan River and into North Fremantle and the port facilities.

GP: Indeed, because even if you build the $1.6 billion link, it only takes you to Canning Highway, doesn’t it.
CB: It will get you there, then you need to get across the river. That’s the southern part of my electorate of Cottesloe. I’m very conscious of the issues of getting that tight corner into the Fremantle port area.

GP: So I guess given that uncertainty, and that issue about getting traffic into the port, a lot of people are wondering why you don’t just take the investment, send it further south to service a new road and rail corridor into a new port down at Cockburn.
CB: Well, the new port is probably $4 billion or $5 billion to build. And it’s not needed yet. It will be needed, but probably not for another 15 years. So we’re not going to build a road system to a port that isn’t there.

 

 

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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