In pursuit of a sustainable future for our economy

Australia's Western Gateway

Fremantle Harbour is Western Australia's largest and busiest general cargo port and an important historical site. After decades of planning the time has come to build a modern port in Kwinana that is suitable for future international trade.

This generation has the opportunity to create a relevant, competitive and sustainable international gateway for Australia.

Economic development

Currently the Western Trade Coast is a major contributor to the State and National economy. The region employs over 11,000 people (plus many times this figure in indirect employment) and generates more than $15 billion per annum.

The region accounts for two per cent of WA's Gross State Product, contributing over a third of all value added in WA's manufacturing sector. A modernised port, upgraded supply chains and integrated infrastructure is forecast to increase employment to a minimum 22,000 people with a forecast value to the WA economy of at least $28 billion.

A new port will provide the environment for new industries and businesses to develop, providing increased diversification to the WA economy and greater opportunities for the future. A new competitive port with international scale will allow WA to greater contribute to development in the region by providing the raw materials, resources and agricultural products needed for other countries.

Western Trade Coast

The Western trade Coast is a 3,900 hectare industrial region that has been designed as a gateway to global industry wanting to access the growing economy, secure infrastructure and skilled workforce in WA. The location, facilities and infrastructure make it the perfect option for business collaboration with China and South East Asia.

Located 30 minutes south of Perth at Cockburn Sound, the Western Trade Coast has direct links to air, sea, road and rail network making it the ideal place to locate for strategic business.

The Western Trade Coast provides the opportunity for businesses to be part of WA's strong economic growth. With world-class infrastructure, export facilities and significant government partnerships, the Western Trade Coast is one of the fastest growing trade and industry regions in Australia, supplying businesses with all they need to support major operations.

The four primary estates within the Western Trade Coast are known as Kwinana Industrial Area, Latitude 32 Industry Zone, Rockingham Industry Zone and the Australian Marine Complex.

The mix of industries provides businesses within the Western Trade Coast with direct access to customers, suppliers, end-users and services all in the one location, making it Western Australia's premier location for trade and industry.

As the Western Trade Coast continues to become a globally recognised industrial and port region, it will both underpin and benefit from WA's bright future.


Sustainability means future-proofing and today's investments should not be at the expense of future generations' quality of life.

Sustainability is all about balancing three dimensions:

  • Ecological: consciously considering nature, the environment and energy.
  • Economic: improving the competitive position of the port and the region.
  • Social: improving the quality of life in the city and region.

We are aiming for sustainability is taken into account in all phases of the project and in all subprojects.

The most sustainable solutions are always preferred. Environmental gains and economic development are compatible and this focus leads to innovative and cost-saving solutions. From design, to construction and operation we aim to learn from the best around the world and improve and tailor to local conditions.

In the development of the new port should have the following dual objectives.

Improving the competitive position of the port and industry in the region and improving the quality of the living environment in the region

Why a new port?

Fremantle port is the main trading and cargo port in WA however, after decades of growth, the existing port area has reached its limits and there's no room left. For WA to be competitive in the future and to play a significant role then a new port is required in Kwinana. The alternative is stagnation and decline.

Plans for the new port go back to the 1950's and in recent decades there have been numerous attempts to develop the port. Due to a variety of circumstances, this generation has the opportunity to finally develop the port and capture the benefits for future generations.

The new port will also stimulate economic development in the region allowing new businesses and industries to start and grow.

Economic growth goes hand in hand with the quality of life in the region. To realise these goals, two requirements are required for the new expansion plan. Apart from promoting the economic growth of the port area, the approach must also improve quality of life in the region. This is achieved by better utilising the existing port area, constructing new nature and recreation areas, improving water flow in Cockburn Sound, correcting issues in the Causeway in addition to the construction of the port.

Industrial Park

The new port will be connected to a 'Plug and play' industrial park that provides fast tracked approvals, all utilities, access to supply chains and modern employ facilities. The industrial park will provide the environment for new companies and industries to grow and development providing economic and social benefits to the region.

For companies that rely on sea transport, the situation could hardly be better. The new port will be accommodating three sectors: container transfer companies, the resource and agricultural industries and distribution companies. These sectors will need space the most urgently in years to come and stand to benefit the most from the new port.

But setting up in the new port and industrial area will not be without limits. There will be strict requirements for the new businesses to meet. For example, businesses must demonstrate a respect for the environment and support social initiatives. This means that companies will not only be selected on the basis of financial considerations, but also environmental and social aspects such as, for example, air pollution and noise. In this context, we need to look beyond just the company's location also to the company's management and strategy.

Free trade port

Kwinana would be an ideal location for a Free trade port in the Indian Ocean.

A free trade port allows the imports, storage, exhibit, assemble or manufacture without customs entry procedures and duties. This will incentivize local WA for manufacturing and processing. Currently WA mainly provides resources for other countries to process.

Internationally Free Trade Ports are powerhouses of economic development. Properly developed they can be spectacularly successful and huge wealth generators

Successful examples include New Orleans (US), Shenzhen (CN), DMCC Dubai (AE), Tanger Med Zones (MA), Mauritius Freeport (MU), Shannon Free Zone (IR), Katowice (PL)

Benefits include increased;

  • Economic activity
  • International competitiveness
  • Manufacturing and jobs
  • Diversity & synergies
  • Quality infrastructure access
  • Productivity
  • Integrated transport

There will also be reduced;

  • Regulation
  • Costs
  • Bureaucratic interference
  • Approval times
  • Urban encroachment
Why is the Kwinana Industrial Zone the perfect location?
  1. It is the only place between Darwin and Adelaide with a refinery,
  2. Directly connected to a major natural gas pipeline,
  3. It has a deep water international port with capacity,
  4. Direct connections to main rail freight and road networks,
  5. Intermodal optionality,
  6. Existing world class companies in relevant industries,
  7. Direct access to the airport and other distribution centres,
  8. Close to a major city,
  9. A pool of highly trained workers and specialists including international quality universities,
  10. Excellent infrastructure, water, power, gas etc,
  11. Space to expand,
  12. Synergies with local businesses,
  13. Centralised point for numerous raw materials,
  14. Is a protected Industrial Zone and
  15. Is the gateway to the Indian Ocean, which is expected to be the major growth region this century.
Western Harbours Alliance 2017
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