As the western gateway to Australia and Australia’s western window to the world, Perth occupies a unique geographic and economic position.
Perth is Australia’s closest and most accessible state capital city to the world’s strongest economic growth regions and has evolved into a major hub for air travel, freight and logistics.
Serviced by 18 major international airlines and 12 regional and domestic carriers, Perth enjoys the shortest travel times of any Australian capital city to key markets in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the United Kingdom and most Asian markets.
Its evolution from a relatively isolated city of a decade ago to one of the world’s most liveable cities is an exercise in smart growth that is aimed at addressing urban challenges directly and sustainably.
Underlining the importance of the efficient mobility of people and goods to economic advantage is the redevelopment of Perth Airport. Over the past decade, the airport has experienced growth rates of nine per cent per annum. The number of passengers to pass through the airport is expected to surge from 14 million in 2014 to more than 28 million by 2034.
Complementing the airport upgrade is the Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access Project. This $1 billion investment in the road network is driven by the expected doubling of freight, particularly to the resource-rich Pilbara and Mid West regions, and a 30 per cent increase in the population of Perth and Peel between now and 2031.
The Port of Fremantle, which operates through two harbours, is the State’s largest and busiest general cargo port, and an important historical site.
The Inner Harbour handles almost all of Western Australia’s container trade and provides facilities for livestock exports, motor vehicle imports, other general cargo trades, cruise ships and visiting naval vessels.
The Outer Harbour is one of Australia’s major bulk cargo ports, handling grain, petroleum, liquid petroleum gas, alumina, mineral sands, fertilisers, and other bulk commodities.