New South Wales Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts
Government Supports The Future Operation Of New South Wales Ports
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, today announced planning policy changes for New South Wales 3 largest seaports to streamline their operations.
“Ensuring our ports operate efficiently is integral to protecting and strengthening the state’s economic future and the prosperity and well-being of New South Wales communities.” Minister Roberts said.
“Port Botany and Port Kembla are our key import and export gateways. The Port of Newcastle is the largest bulk port on the east coast of Australia.”
“It is a vital component of the Newcastle and Hunter regional economy and an important trading gateway.” Minister Roberts said.
Key changes have a strong focus on improving the delivery of ports infrastructure and enabling everyday port and freight related activities including maintenance, as exempt development.
Amendments give the port operators and their tenants the ability to undertake additional essential, day-to-day development on land within the lease areas more efficiently, subject to compliance with standards.
Proposed amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) also focus on simplifying and improving its useability through housekeeping updates.
SEPP protects the ports from incompatible land-use and specifies zones for the surrounding land to accommodate port-related activities such as freight transport and distribution centres.
Minister Roberts said the amendments would provide consistency across sites and would give port operators the ability to undertake certain development activities more efficiently.
“Essential maintenance, installation of pollution control measures and other requirements of a working port will be able to be built under the exempt and complying development pathways.” Minister Roberts said.
As part of its preliminary review, the Department spoke with the port operators, state agencies and council representatives regarding the proposed amendments.
Proposed changes to the state policy, known as the 3 Ports SEPP, will give port operators and their tenants at Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle the ability to carry out their day-to-day work more efficiently.
Department encourages anyone interested in the amendment to review and comment on the proposed changes.
Explanation of Intended Effect, which outlines the changes, is now on public exhibition for community feedback for 6 weeks until 1 November 2018.