Coalition will revoke port reform

New Victorian ports minister says the Coalition will revoke a planned merger of the ports of Hastings and Melbourne

By Anna Game-Lopata | February 21, 2011

The Victorian Coalition will soon introduce legislation revoking a merger of the ports of Hastings and Melbourne.

Speaking a the 2011 Australian Logistics Council annual form, Ports Minister Denis Napthine told attendees legislation is expected to be introduced early this year establishing Hastings as an independent port.

The former ports minister, Tim Pallas, wanted Hastings to fall under the control of the Port of Melbourne.

"The Coalition never supported the previous government’s legislation which had the Port of Hastings subsumed by the Port of Melbourne," Napthine says.

"The role of the authority will be to chart a course for the expansion and development of port facilities and the development of a competitive commercial container port at Hastings."

Napthine says the port authority will initially be tasked with conducting social and environmental impact studies along with logistics operations.

During his speech, Napthine reiterated the Government’s plan to relocate the state’s vehicle import and export business to the Port of Geelong.

Together, the ports of Geelong, Portland and Hastings handle 99 percent of international trade by volume and 90 percent by value.

Adding coastal trade, these ports represent more than 90 million TEU of cargo valued at over $100 billion, carried 4.5 thousand ships.

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