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Senate Report- Decision to commit funding to the Perth Freight Link project

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee released on 3 May 2016 its report on the Federal funding of the Perth Freight Link. The full report, titled Decision to commit funding to the Perth Freight Link project, is downloadable from the Senate website: (http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/Perth_Freight_Link/Report).
The Report’s 7 recommendations are listed below.


A media item from The Westis available here:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-03/senate-recommends-perth-freight-link-be-dropped/7381088

List of the Committee’s recommendations
Recommendation 1
The committee recommends that the Commonwealth withdraw its support for the Freight Link project, and re-commit the project’s total federal funding of $1.2 billion to the development and implementation of future Western Australian
freight infrastructure projects.
Recommendation 2
The committee recommends that the Commonwealth work collaboratively with the state government to identify and develop future projects that will best meet the long-term infrastructure needs of Western Australia, and that these
projects are supported by fully developed Business Cases that are submitted to Infrastructure Australia for assessment and published publically.
Recommendation 3
The committee recommends that the Commonwealth release the full Business Case for the Freight Link, as assessed by Infrastructure Australia, to provide transparency on the project’s proposed economic and social benefits.
Recommendation 4
The committee recommends that the Commonwealth work with Infrastructure Australia and the Western Australian government to identify rail and traffic management strategies to expedite freight movement around the current Fremantle Port facilities.
Recommendation 5
The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport consider undertaking a full analysis of the costs and benefits of investing in a second port at Kwinana, as outlined by the City of Kwinana’s Indian Ocean Gateway proposal.
Recommendation 6
The committee recommends that Infrastructure Australia assess the City of Kwinana’s Indian Ocean Gateway proposal for inclusion on its Infrastructure Priority List.

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