SHIPPING CONTAINERS — NORTH WHARF, FREMANTLE
830. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the Minister for Ports:
Further to question without notice
92, can the minister advise the house of the following.
(1) Why are some
shipping containers that are transported to or from Fremantle port by rail
subsidised by the state government when others are not?
(2) What is the criteria that
determines their eligibility for subsidy?
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question.
(1) Shipping containers currently eligible for subsidy
are loaded import and export containers transported by rail between
North Quay rail terminal and either the Forrestfield intermodal terminal or
Kwinana intermodal terminal, and containers that are filled with hay
transported by rail to North Quay rail terminal for international export.
containers, Kalgoorlie-based containers and empty containers are ineligible for
subsidy. The eligibility criteria is
determined through commercial negotiation with the North Quay rail terminal
operator to support the effective use of taxpayer funds and align with
government policy to reduce congestion on metropolitan roads.