Monday 16th Dec, 2019

Port of Melbourne unveils 30-year plan

Photo: Port of Melbourne
Photo: Port of Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne has released its 30-year Port Development Strategy, which outlines 10 key projects to improve capacity and respond to Victoria’s growing needs.

Port of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke says the strategy is a roadmap for the future development of the port.

“Our community increasingly relies on the Port to deliver the everyday goods needed to support our daily lives,” Bourke said.

“We are committed to investing in the Port to ensure it remains the premier port in Australia, a cornerstone of the Victorian economy, and to move goods in and out of the port to their destination more quickly.”

A key part of the strategy is to improve landside transport connections for industry.

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“The Port’s plan for rail terminals supports the Government’s intention to move more freight on rail. We are working with the Government to progress this project,” Bourke said.

“Moving containers by rail will help get trucks off local roads, particularly in the inner-west of Melbourne.”

The Port Development Strategy aims to provide a flexible framework for the next 30 years to respond to industry trends and innovation. The document will be refreshed every five years as new information becomes available.

It was developed through consultation with 190 stakeholders from industry and the community.