Port Of Melbourne Corporation Board Loses Valuable Members

Port Of Melbourne Corporation Board Loses Valuable Members

Victoria Minister for Ports Denis Napthine

Napthine Thanks Long-Serving Port Chairman For Years Of Service

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Ports Denis Napthine today announced that long-serving Chairman to the Port of Melbourne Corporation Board (PoMC), Bill Scales AO, has advised he will not be seeking re-appointment to the Board when his term expires in September.

Dr. Napthine said Mr. Scales had presided over a prosperous period of growth and development with the PoMC and acknowledged that Mr. Scales’ wealth of knowledge was vital in assisting government with its decision making.

“Bill is one of Australia’s most influential policy reformers. His service to Victoria, and to ports in general, has been invaluable to the state and instrumental in the Port of Melbourne retaining its status as the busiest container port in Australia.” Dr. Napthine said.



“Bill was first appointed to the Board as Chairman in 2005 and over the past six years he has overseen significant progress at the port, underpinned by the extensive strategic planning on the Port Development Strategy and the major Channel Deepening Project. Together these achievements have secured the economic viability of the port for many years to come.”

“The Victorian Government has relied on Bill’s expertise and advice in much of its decision making and we would like to thank Bill for his dedication and years of invaluable service. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.” Dr. Napthine said.

As well as Chairman to the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Mr. Scales also currently serves as Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology, Council Member of the Victorian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Member of the AICD’s National Education Advisory Committee. He is also a Panel Member of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry which was set up by the Victorian Government, and the National Inquiry into Funding for Schooling.

In 1993, Mr. Scales was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to industry and in 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding service to business and commerce.

Mr. Scales said he was honoured to have held such an important position at the Port of Melbourne, to have had input into shaping the commercial ports sector in Victoria, and to have helped to build a strong foundation for the future of our commercial ports.

“We have faced many challenges over the past six years and successfully implemented strategies to provide long term growth for the future of our ports.” Mr. Scales said.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues on the Board and the management of the Port of Melbourne Corporation for their support and hard work, I’d also like to thank the Victorian Government for providing me with an opportunity to contribute to the future of our state.”

Dr. Napthine also announced that Ms. Paula Benson has indicated that she will be resigning from the Board due to changes in her employment arrangements. Ms. Benson has been a member of the Board since 1 January 2008.

“I thank Ms. Benson for her contribution on the board over the past four years and I wish her well with her future career.” Dr. Napthine said.

The Coalition Government will be advertising for expressions of interest to fill the vacancies left on the Board of Port of Melbourne Corporation. The selection of the new board members will be based on experience and demonstrated skills in areas including strategic planning, organisational governance and business and financial management.