20 July 2006 -
Port Kembla Port Corporation and Wingecarribee Shire Council have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work cooperatively in growing and developing the Illawarra and Southern Highlands regions.
As part of this agreement Port Kembla Port Corporation and Wingecarribee Shire Council have made a commitment to work together to promote trade and development growth across their respective regions in an environmentally sustainable manner.
This initiative presents a number of opportunities for both parties in a period of innovation and growth. Wingecarribee Shire Council is currently seeking to develop an 'inland port'? at Moss Vale to take advantage of the strategic location of the Moss Vale Enterprise Zone and the transport infrastructure that is linked to it.
Wingecarribee Shire Council Mayor Gordon Lewis stressed that a key aspect of the Shire's economic development strategy is developing partnerships with industry and like minded organisations. The signing of the MOU with Port Kembla Port Corporation for strategic cooperation is a milestone achieved, he said today, expressing the view that the concept of an inland port and logistics hub in the Southern Highlands makes good economic and business sense and will be a major employer in the Shire's future. Mayor Lewis added that he believes the Southern Highlands has significant strategic and competitive advantages over all other potential NSW locations for such an initiative.
As part of the Memorandum of Understanding Port Kembla Port Corporation will provide support in principle to Wingecarribee Shire Council in its endeavours to develop an inland port facility at the Moss Vale Enterprise Zone. Port Kembla Port Corporation Chairman Nicholas Whitlam commented that the agreement with Wingecarribee Council was demonstrative of a new direction for the port with a focus on strategic alliances and logistics facilitation,
'The port of Port Kembla is entering a new era which will require the Port Corporation to move away from simply fulfilling its previous, somewhat passive landlord posture towards the development of strategic alliances and the provision of services both inside the seaport and outside the immediate port environs. Port Kembla Port Corporation looks forward to working with Wingecarribee Shire Council in encouraging and facilitating growth, innovation and employment to our region', Mr Whitlam said.