It was very pleasing to see the results of the recent Economic Impact Analysis undertaken. The economic benefit generated by the port is a matter of significance not only to the Illawarra region but the state of NSW.
This result comes with the news that (along with the states two other major ports), Port Kembla has been identified as a site of state significance under the NSW planning system to highlight its importance to the State’s economy.
Minister Tripodi recently announced that the new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) will define the boundary of ports and port related activities, and allow the streamlining of port related investment. This planning policy consolidates the existing zonings and protects industrial land and key transport corridors essential to the operation of the ports.
Declaring the port as a State Significant Site (SSS) recognises its importance as a crucial provider of jobs and income both directly through port related activities, as well as indirectly through the flow on benefits created by imports and exports.
Also recently completed was the Maldon-Dombarton Rail Line Pre-Feasibility Study. The Australian Government has allocated a further $3M for a detailed feasibility study and the terms of reference are currently being developed. A full copy of the report is available on the PKPC website.
In positive news from the ports customers, Port Kembla Coal Terminal set a new monthly coal loading record of 1.645 million tonnes in August 2009, the highest in the history of PKCT. 25 vessels were loaded, with an average cargo size of 65,800 tonnes. In addition, the three months from June to August 2009 were also strong, with 4.379 million tonnes achieved, which represents annualised 17.5 million tonnes coal loading.
Finally, Port Kembla Port Corporation has a new home, recently taking up residence in the new state of the art Port Kembla Maritime Centre.
After almost 34 years in its location on Darcy/Military Roads, the Corporation offices opened their doors for the first time at the new location at the end of August. With this relocation, PKPC is ideally positioned to oversee the future growth and development of the port.
Located adjacent to the ports eastern breakwater the facility brings together various marine related organisations together under one roof in a new, environmentally sustainable building. As well as providing the headquarters for the Port Corporation, other tenants include NSW Maritime, NSW Water Police, and Australian Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS).
To officially open the facility, PKPC will be hosting a "Maritime Community Day" on Saturday the 24th October between 10.00 and 13.00. An invitation is extended to all port users, stakeholders, business and community members to join us on this day to mark this occasion. I hope you can join us!