Ports Minister Joe Tripodi has released an outcomes report following the successful Port Industry Forum held earlier this year.
The Port Kembla Port Corporation hosted the Forum during March, bringing together port users and key stakeholders. The aim of the forum was to look at ways in which the Corporation can work in collaboration and cooperation with customers, stakeholders and the community for the future growth and development of the port.
Mr Tripodi said "Presentations were given to address specific topic areas and working group sessions were undertaken to provide valuable feedback on whole of port issues. The day identified specific matters of interest to the port and community stakeholders and users including a state wide ports plan, road and rail infrastructure and business and community consultation."
The following topic streams were identified as areas of relevance for the future growth and development of the port and port users: Road, Rail, Port Infrastructure/Outer Harbour Development, Pricing, Communication, Port Operations, Land Availability, and Logistics/Supply Chain.
"We have already taken steps to implement a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) to define the boundary of ports and port related activities, and allow the streamlining of port related investment across the state," said Mr Tripodi.
Plans for development of a biodiesel facility at the port, along with plans for the expansion of the ports Outer Harbour are likely to provide growth opportunities into the future.
CEO of the Port Kembla Port Corporation Dom Figliomeni said that identification of the key messages emerging from the discussions would allow PKPC to provide annual feedback on progress made on those matters which are under the ports control.
"We will follow this report with a targeted analysis of specific responses in approximately 12 months," Mr Figliomeni said.
The Port Industry Forum Outcomes Report is now available on the Port Corporations website: www.portkembla.com.au