Construction of the Port of Hastings
The State Government has committed to developing a second container port in Victoria to complement the Port of Melbourne.
The Port of Hastings is a working commercial port in Western Port that serves major international and domestic shipping movements including the import and export of oil, LPG, ULP, steel, and general cargo. The development of the Port of Hastings, utilising the naturally deep shipping channel, is believed to be critical for the future of the growing freight trade.
The State Government is seeking Infrastructure Australia support for Federal Government funding for construction of the first stage of the development including associated transport corridor planning.
In January 2013, the State Government allocated $2.3 million for key studies to support the port’s development. The studies will provide the Port of Hastings Development Authority with information to develop a pre-feasibility business case to take planning to the next level.
In April 2013, the State Government announced $110 million for the design and planning for the Port of Hastings project.
What Casey needs
The development of the Port of Hastings represents a significant economic opportunity for the City of Casey that is likely to bring many local job opportunities.
Council supports the State Government’s renewed commitment to the project and is urging the Government to deliver on its promise of completing the Port of Hastings within the next decade.
Council looks forward to working with the Government on the detailed planning and environmental assessments, for the port, and its related transport infrastructure, that will need to be undertaken due to its unique and ecologically-sensitive environment.