Infrastructure Victoria has provided its advice to government on increasing ports capacity for the state, including recommendations aimed at ensuring the Port of Hastings could increase its trades and volumes in the future.
The recommendations form part of Infrastructure Victoria’s advice to government following a request for independent advice on when to invest in container port capacity and whether a second container port should be located at the Port of Hastings, or a new Bay West location.
There are three key elements to Infrastructure Victoria’s advice to government:
- Capacity at Victoria’s existing commercial ports should be optimised, having regard to social and environmental factors, before any investment in a second major container port.
- A new container port will not be required until capacity at the Port of Melbourne reaches approximately 8 million TEU, which is likely to be around 2055.
- Bay West is the preferred location for a second major container port.
Infrastructure Victoria Chief Executive Officer Michel Masson said although Bay West was the preferred location for a second container port, there were opportunities for the Port of Hastings.
“Achieving the objectives of our advice will require a holistic approach to ports planning in order to maximise the potential of all four of Victoria’s commercial ports,” Mr Masson said.
“First and foremost we want to see capacity optimised at our existing ports before a new port is built, and this could create new opportunities for the Ports of Hastings, Portland and Geelong.
“Increasing capacity at the Port of Melbourne may require some trades to be relocated to other ports, and the Port of Hastings is particularly well suited to handling automotive trade.
“We have recommended the government develops and regularly updates a comprehensive ports strategy to confirm the role of each port, identify future opportunities and monitor progress,” Mr Masson said.
Infrastructure Victoria’s advice to government included 19 recommendations, with several directed specifically at ensuring the Port of Hastings can realise future opportunities.
“We have recommended government remove legislative barriers that currently limit the Port of Hastings ability to attract new customers and increase trade, and we have recommended a review of zoning protection to identify excess land that could be suitable for development by industry and residents,” Mr Masson said.
“We have also recommended continuous monitoring of environmental conditions in Western Port because the community told us how important it is to understand and protect the environment.
“We thank everyone from the Hastings community who participated in our consultation program, either by making a formal submission or attending a workshop or community drop-in session,” Mr Masson said.
To read Infrastructure Victoria’s advice and the supporting technical reports, visit yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/ports.