CONCURRENT SESSION 4: Westport and International Ports

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Westport Task | Nicole Lockwood, Westport – WA

Perth is one of the most liveable cities in the world with a population that is expected to nearly double in size by mid-century.  Our economy relies heavily on the efficient import and export of freight to support our industry - and our people rely on imported goods to maintain their lifestyle.  How can WA plan and protect the long term future of freight so future generations from Perth to Bunbury may enjoy the standard of living we enjoy today?

The Westport Taskforce was established in September 2017 to develop an integrated strategy to meet the freight, logistics and trade needs of Perth and the surrounding regions for the next 50 to 100 years.  As part of developing the strategy the Westport Taskforce will also look at potential economic opportunities for the State, such as cruise shipping and defence-related industries.

The Westport Strategy will provide guidance to the Western Australian Government on the planning, development and growth of the Port of Fremantle at the Inner and Outer Harbours, the required rail and road networks, supporting industrial land and intermodal terminals and the potential for the Port of Bunbury to contribute to the handling of the growing trade task. 

In an Australian first, Westport will apply sustainable criteria to every step of the planning process—carefully examining how infrastructure could potentially affect the environment, the economy and our society.

The Westport Taskforce takes a question-based consultative approach and engages actively with state and Commonwealth government agencies as well as local governments, business organisations, academia, trade unions and environmental and community groups. 

Nicole Lockwood, the independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce will provide an update on the progress of this strategic project.

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Westport-Local Governments Perspective | Carol Adams, City of Kwinana – WA

The planning for Perth has, for many decades, recognised the need for a new harbour in Kwinana and the City of Kwinana has been as the forefront, advocating to both Federal and State government to commence the detailed planning of this long awaited project.

The new port in Kwinana will be a world class internationally competitive port located within the State’s premier industrial area and will be the single biggest economic opportunity for the Kwinana community and a catalyst for a major economic transformation for Perth and the South West Region. The benefits of this project, financially, for employment, development opportunities and overall prosperity for WA are seemingly limitless in terms of the potential that will be unlocked.


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International Ports | Willem Dedden, Port of Rotterdam – NETHERLANDS

Fremantle and Kwinana are planned to go through a major transition. Port of Rotterdam and its subsidiary port in Oman (Sohar) have gone through similar transitions before. Willem Dedden, the South East Asia Director for Port of Rotterdam, will share a number of lessons learnt and open the floor for discussion about two topics: how to set up a transition strategy for the Port of Fremantle to make it ready for its future use? How to set up a development strategy for Kwinana Outer Harbour that takes into account all major aspects of a development of this scale: how to integrate port and industry (both existing and new)? How to maximize effects on the wider economy? How to deal with social and environmental challenges? How to ensure the port is ready for an increasingly digital future? Mr Dedden will draw upon several cases from his professional experience in Rotterdam and Sohar.

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Development of an Integrated Freight Movement Model for Sydney | Henry Le, Adam McCartney & Thang Nguyen, AECOM, NSW & VIC

Neighbourhood streets play a vital role in making places liveable. Rather than seeing them as simply transport corridors for cars, they are important places for walking, cycling, social interactions and even playful exploration by local children. This paper argues that neighbourhood streets provide a valuable focus for a road safety intervention that is low cost and yet promises considerable benefits for road safety, neighbourhood amenity, public health and the community at large. While there is likely to be opposition to the introduction of lower speed limits in local neighbourhood streets, this paper provides evidence that such opposition is not justified and looks at what tools designers could use to achieve this outcome.

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Ontario’s tour-based commercial vehicle model | Rick Donnelly WSP – USA

Trip and activity-based transport planning models represent the first two waves of travel forecasting practice, building upon advances in knowledge, data, and methods over the past 60 years. They’ve arguably served us well, but changing social, urbanization, and mobility patterns coupled with changing analytical requirements are placing new demands on the tools we use. They are all helping usher in a third wave in travel forecasting, driven by big data, data-driven models and machine learning. It is likely to be a bigger wave than those before it, redefining transport planning and analytics as we know them. The changes need not be disruptive, however. We are in an excellent position to guide and leverage this third wave, and expand our abilities to inform policymakers and the public about how emerging trends and technologies might be shaped and focused to create more livable and sustainable cities and transport systems. Examples of early successes combined with thoughts about how this third wave will reshape practice will be used to challenge the audience.

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CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Port and Freight Efficiencies

Sydney CBD Freight Movements | David Sanders, Bestrane – NSW

Cities are becoming smart. The Internet of Things (IOT) revolution now permits more data to be captured and evaluated by more devices more often and is providing a unique platform to reevaluate how logistics can operate in increasingly congested areas. The combination of limited space and dense population (hence demand) has always meant that the physical movement of goods and services has had to cope with some unique vehicle and delivery constraints.

Cities are also now becoming home to an increasing 'local' population, those who choose to live within the CBD limits. These new residents bring additional demand but are also increasing the number of constraints to be considered by delivery agents. Delivery windows are getting tighter, some types of vehicles are further restricted to specific hours of operation (e.g. Garbage). The area currently occupied by some roads and loading zones is under pressure from alternate uses such as cycleways and pedestrian walkways. Whilst these changes reflect the cities' efforts to improve the city amenity, more vehicles have less ability to deliver with traffic congestion a common result.

Barangaroo in the heart of Sydney CBD is a new precinct and provides a glimpse into how these factors can be managed. Barangaroo is one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in the world today, embodying world-class design excellence and sustainability. Comprising 22 hectares the $6+ billion Barangaroo precinct will help redefine the western edge of Sydney Harbour and be a lasting legacy for future generations. When fully developed the Barangaroo precinct will be home to Commercial, Retail, Residential and Entertainment tenants, combined they generate thousands of deliveries each month, all of which are serviced from a common set of loading docks, with a single point of entry without congestion.

This presentation will provide an insight into the challenges that are presented in CBD precincts that requires the attention of planners and network operators to develop solution based on real data.

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Port Related Landside Infrastructure Planning | Laurie Piggott, Piggott Consulting

The presentation describes the Container Supply Chain and the operational elements that control road and rail traffic movement between the port and metropolitan destinations.

It outlines items to consider in the design of industrial land structure plans and road and rail routes linking to ports.

A key factor is the importance of cross discipline communication to ensure there is a comprehensive understanding between operators, transport planners and land planners.

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Regional Freight Planning for the WA Agricultural Lands | Catherine Wallace, Department of Transport (WA)

Catherine Wallace is the Executive Director Freight and Ports at the Department of Transport (WA). Catherine has been a member of the Department's executive team for four years, having previously led the Major Transport Projects directorate.

Previously, Catherine has worked in a number of project management and safety management roles at both the Department of Transport and the Public Transport Authority. She has also served as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, working with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Among her formal qualifications, Catherine has a Masters of Science in Sustainability (Transport) from the University of Leeds (UK), and a Juris Doctor.

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Freight in Urban Areas: Initiatives to enhance productivity, safety and environmental performance | Steve Manders, Jacobs – WA

The conflict between people that live in urban areas and freight movements that traverse through them create a range of issues including reductions in efficiency, safety and environmental performance. To address these issues, Austroads recently commissioned an investigation into policy initiatives to improve productivity and efficiency, safety and environmental impact of freight in urban areas. This study focussed on the six largest cities in Australia and New Zealand.

The approach was to undertake a literature review of best practice internationally, Industry engagement program that included 60 representatives from 40 companies, review and prioritisation of all 41 accepted initiative areas with the Project Reference Group and compilation of the Project Report.

In total there were 41 policy approaches under seven groupings, and over 80 suggested initiatives within scope. The seven group of priority policy initiative areas are:  Better integration of freight into land use planning and economic development;  Container train services between ports and metropolitan intermodal terminals;  Enhanced vehicle routing and scheduling systems;  Extend areas for high performance freight vehicle operation;  Consolidation of deliveries;  Enhanced management of truck loading zones (priority parking); and  Better matching of road infrastructure management to freight vehicle performance. This presentation discusses policy framework that considers passive, intermediate and active interventions along with a detailed implementation plan for each initiative and policy approach that was prepared for governments.

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Pilbara Port-A Unique Task | Lyle Banks, Pilbara Port Authority – WA

The Port of Port Hedland, managed by Pilbara Ports Authority, is the world’s largest bulk export port, accounting for almost 30% of global seaborne trade. 

Serving the mineral rich east Pilbara region of Western Australia, the port sees approximately 6,000 vessel movements a year, with its main export commodity being iron ore. Adding to the challenge of managing one of the world’s busiest ports is the fact that the port’s shipping channel is uni-directional and tidally constrained.

The port is an  economic powerhouse for the State and national economies, with approximately $100 million worth of product exported through the port each day.

This presentation will provide the audience with an insight into the day-to-day challenges of operating the port.

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CONCURRENT SESSION 20: The Future of Aviation Planning

Flying into the future | Allan Mason, Perth Airport – WA
Keynote address | Caspar Baum, Surbana Jurong – Singapore

Airports are the “Trade Belt Ports” of the Silk Road of our time. We have opened our wings and have created links and networks, which require to fly, and which reach out further away and connect people and cultures.

In the past airports were just airports, today they aim to be more: urban compositions, cathedrals of our time, national gateways, enabler for communities to gather, they provide a vast variety of professional opportunities, trade, services, strategic alliances and much more.

But the world is changing: we become older, the average weight of humans increases, which results in less mobility for walking and distances. Our society is changing too. We expect less working time and more time for leisure and travel. So, the profile for the traveller will become different, the mix of users most likely with more family and leisure related travel. This requires space for children, or eventually for three generations travelling together. More entertainment, more food and beverage? Who knows? We shop online and not in airport retail, does the business model change too?

Most of the new airports become operational in the 2030s, more than a decade from now. What will change until then? We don’t know and can only predict.

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Regional Air Services for the World’s Largest State | Peter Ryan, Department of Transport (WA)

Peter will focus on the current rationale for the State Government’s economic regulatory involvement in aviation air routes in Western Australia, the largest state in Australia. Additionally, he will discuss the Parliamentary Inquiry into regional airfares.

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Regional Air Freight Opportunities to Asia | Bob Davis, City of Geraldton – WA

Geraldton is a regional city with a local government district area over 10,000Sq Km and home to about 40,000 people, the logistics and services hub for the Mid West region of Western Australia.

Geraldton Seaport is one of the largest grains export ports in Australia, and also facilitates export of minerals, primarily iron ore from Midwest mines. Geraldton is an important road, rail and sea transport hub.

Located between WA’s Goldfields region to the south, and the Pilbara to the north, the Midwest, Gascoyne and Murchison regions of WA have begun to emerge over the past decade as a significant mining province, with important iron ore, base metals, gold, platinum and rare earths reserves.

Close to Kalbarri with its Murchison Gorge, and with the globally unique Abrolhos Islands  offshore, Geraldton is emerging as a tourism destination, with growing interest in particular from Chinese tourists.

Geraldton Airport enables daily F100 jet services to Perth for RPT by both QantasLink and Virgin, and is home base for a number of busy charter operators servicing the pastoral, agriculture, mining, fisheries and tourism sectors.

Over the past decade, the City has invested in the development of sister city and strategic partner city relationships in the People’s Republic of China, with growing interest in the development of import/export trade by air.

Bob will speak to emerging opportunities between the City and their Partner Cities in China, for trade via airfreight, and the  process of positioning to pursue those opportunities.


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Bringing International Tourism to Regional WA | Naomi Seattle, City of Busselton – WA