Port Of Hastings Set For Expansion

Port Of Hastings Set For Expansion

Victoria Minister for Ports Denis Napthine

Big Plans For Port Of Hastings

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Ports Denis Napthine today toured the Port of Hastings, the site of the Baillieu Government’s planned development of what will become Victoria’s newest container Port.

Dr. Napthine said the development of the Port of Hastings was critical for the future of the growing freight trade, an integral part of the Victorian economy, and a necessary step in maintaining the viability of the sector well beyond the next decade.

“Victoria cannot rely on one container Port in Melbourne, as it is estimated that container throughput at the Port of Melbourne will quadruple over the next 25 years. With that comes more and more congestion in and around the Port.” Dr. Napthine said.

“The Baillieu Government is therefore committed to developing the Port of Hastings to relieve economic bottlenecks and congestion while also growing jobs in regional Victoria.”

 

“The development will also provide an alternative container port to the Port of Melbourne, thus generating more competition and economic flow on benefits for all of Victoria.”

“I have seen first-hand the potential for a new container port, and the deep water access and current operations at Hastings make it the best placed port for expansion in Victoria.”

“The Baillieu Government is committed to developing the port and will introduce legislation in mid-2011 to create a new independent Port of Hastings development authority.” Dr. Napthine said.

Member for Hastings Neale Burgess said the Baillieu Government is committed, through the new Authority, to conducting extensive consultations with the community, current and potential port users and all other stakeholders.

“Among the first tasks for the new authority will be to undertake economic, environmental and social impact assessments, and to prepare a detailed plan for the development.” Mr. Burgess said.

“The redevelopment of the Port of Hastings will be a major boost for the region, generating thousands of jobs. It is therefore critical the planning is done responsibly and cooperatively with the local community.”

The Port of Hastings serves major international and domestic shipping trade that includes import and export of oil, LPG, ULP and steel. It has approximately 200 vessels visiting each year carrying petroleum, LPG and steel, amounting to five million tonnes of cargo.