Botany, Newcastle ports win funds from NSW Budget

NSW Budget will fund ongoing expansion work at Port Botany and construction of new off-port rail hub

The New South Wales Budget will fund ongoing expansion work at Port Botany and construction of a new off-port rail hub at Enfield.

More than $262 million has been allocated to the State’s major port, to continue works on a new 60 hectare expansion of container terminals, while almost $15 million will be invested in a second bulk liquids berth.

Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi says the $52.7 million bulk liquids berth will be "key to protecting the State’s energy security".

"Port Botany is the State’s premier port and Sydney Ports Corporation continues to invest in port infrastructure to ensure NSW is well positioned when the global economy emerges from the current economic downturn," he says.

The Enfield intermodal logistics facility will serve as a rail hub to move containers off port while cutting down on truck movements. The Government has allocated just over $72 million for this project, which is expected to start construction later this year.

Meanwhile, $20 million will be spent to improve coal loading efficiency at the Port of Newcastle, while just over $10 million has been allocated for upgrading the former iron ore berth at Mayfield for general cargo and other trade.

Tripodi also announced the capital works budget for Port Kembla, with $15.7 million to be spent on the outer harbour expansion project in 2009-10.

Money will also be spent on a new tug facility, while $840,000 has been set aside for the purchase of a new pilot cutter vessel.

Tripodi says the State Budget is complimented by federal spending on port-related infrastructure, including $42 million for rail links between Port Botany and the northern interstate rail line, and $840 million for freight rail upgrades between Sydney and Newcastle.

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