$140m plan for the Illawarra as car trade moves to Pt Kembla

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10 October 2005 -

The Premier of NSW, Morris Iemma, today announced a $140 million infrastructure plan to transform Port Kembla into Australia's leading car import centre.

The Minister for Ports and Waterways, Eric Roozendaal, and the Minister for the Illawarra, David Campbell, joined Mr Iemma to announce construction of new cargo facilities and a third berth at the Illawarra port.

The port expansion will increase capacity and enable Port Kembla to handle more than 240,000 motor vehicles a year, along with increased containers and general cargo.

Car imports will be relocated to Port Kembla from Sydney's Glebe Island from late 2008.

'This is a state-significant piece of infrastructure and a fantastic win for the Illawarra,' Mr Iemma said.

'It will secure 1000 direct and indirect jobs and provide certainty for the local economy.'

'This means an estimated $200 million annual boost to the Illawarra's economy.'

The new facilities will be built by the Port Kembla Port Corporation (PKPC) and Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT).

Mr Roozendaal said they will enable Port Kembla to handle 55,000 tonne, 12 storey vessels - some of the world's biggest car carrying ships.

'Port Kembla will provide long-term certainty to the vehicle import industry and world-class infrastructure with plenty of capacity for future growth,' Mr Roozendaal said.

'The transfer of the car trade will result in an additional 250 annual ship visits to Port Kembla, bringing 30,000 more containers and an estimated 240,000 cars.'

'The number of cars imported into NSW grew by 16 per cent in 2004 and is forecast to continue growing.

'Port Kembla has the land and the infrastructure for the car trade to grow and for jobs in the Illawarra to grow with it.'

Mr Campbell said that general cargo and containers are to move to Port Kembla from East Darling Harbour in the second half of 2006.

'Moving the car import trade to Port Kembla means certainty for industry, which means a lower long-term cost for consumers,' Mr Campbell said.

The development follows a groundbreaking report by Mr Campbell in 2003 highlighting the growth potential of Port Kembla.


  • Glebe Island has a capacity for 5,000 vehicles at any one time. Port Kembla will have a capacity for 14,000 vehicles.
  • The $140 million development of Port Kembla will occur in three stages, with car imports to be relocated from Glebe Island to Port Kembla in late 2008.
    • Stage 1: Includes development of general cargo and container facilities, and relocation of rail line to the boundary of the facility. Completion expected late 2006.
    • Stage 2: Construction of a third multi-purpose berth to accommodate larger car-carrying vessels, and the first phase of the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) area. Completion expected late 2007.
    • Stage 3: Construction of a fourth berth for general cargo and bulk commodities, and expanding of the PDI area. Completion expected late 2008.
  • Port Kembla has 43 hectares of available land compared to 12 hectares at Glebe Island.
  • The additional land at Port Kembla means more PDIs can occur on site, including the fitting of compliance plates, radios, DVDs and bull-bars.
  • Up to 30 per cent of cars at Glebe Island go through a PDI before being shipped direct to dealers. This is expected to increase to about 40 per cent at Port Kembla.
  • It is likely to result in 240,000 cars and 30,000 more containers coming through Port Kembla via an additional 250 annual ship visits.
  • The Port Kembla agreement provides at lest 40 years certainty to the vehicle import industry.
  • The 1000 direct and indirect jobs include AAT staff, customs brokers, warehouse operators and truck drivers.
  • The plan to move cars out of Glebe Island had been fast-tracked by four years to 2008. The Sydney landmark is to become a maritime precinct.
From the Office of the Premier of NSW
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