Budget reaction: Ports a key part of infrastructure led recovery

Posted by on 14 May 2014

Ports Australia, the peak national industry organisation representing port authorities and corporations, has welcomed the Federal Government’s recognition that port access infrastructure is a key part of its plan to boost the national economy.

Ports Australia Chief Executive Officer, David Anderson, said the Budget made reference to a number of key port access projects, including the Ports of Brisbane, Botany, Fremantle and Gladstone.

“Ports Australia has been stressing to the Federal Government the importance of port connectivity in its infrastructure spend, and we are very pleased to see that these key parts of our freight network receive strong recognition in the Budget,” he said.

Mr Anderson also noted that the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, and his Assistant Minister, Jamie Briggs, were seeking to develop effective ways to apply infrastructure spending to leverage private sector participation.

“Port access infrastructure is where Ports Australia sees considerable potential to establish workable funding models with private sector participation. We will continue to work with Government to secure these sorts of means to improve our freight networks,” Mr Anderson said.

Key port access projects in the Budget:

Newcastle Port – Kooragang Island Connectivity

$40m

Port Botany Rail Access

$75m

Bell Bay Intermodal Terminal Improvements

$4.9m

Gladstone Port Access Road

$48.2m

Kewdale Intermodal Rail Supply Chain capacity improvements

$17.2m

Perth freight Link

TBA

Melbourne Metropolitan Intermodal System

$38m

North South Road Corridor and other works (SA)

$944m

Other important port connectivity infrastructure in the Budget includes the design  of the Maldon Dombarton Railway in NSW ($10.8m), North Sydney freight corridor capacity  improvements ($691.6m), freight rail improvements in Tasmania (119.6m), and Portlink Inland Freight Corridor Concept Plan WA ($0.9m)