During June, NSW Ports Minister Joe Tripodi joined Minister for the Illawarra David Campbell and Wollongong MP Noreen Hay to tour the new Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI) facilities under construction in Port Kembla's Inner Harbour which will service the motor vehicle trade through the port.
Work is underway to provide approximately 10 hectares of land for PDI facilities where imported vehicles will be prepared prior to delivery to motor dealerships.
"This work is creating construction jobs and future employment opportunities" said Mr Tripodi. "In excess of 100 workers have been on site during the construction phase".
With the relocation of NSW's motor vehicle trade to Port Kembla occurring in November last year, the resulting growth of the port continues to provide job and investment opportunities for both the port and the region.
"We are really starting to see the benefits that the relocation of trade has brought to the region," Wollongong MP Noreen Hay said.
The development, being undertaken by Australand, involves the laying of asphalt and concrete paving totalling almost 100,000m2 in area, construction of offices and workshop facilities and the provision and installation of all necessary services and facilities to the site.
With the completion of this construction project, two further PDI operators, Ceva Logistics (for Mazda) and AutoNexus will commence operations in the port. Operations are expected to commence during September.
"With the commencement of operations, it is expected that these two organisations will employ an estimated 60 people," Mr Tripodi said.
"Projects such as this reaffirm the Governments investment in the port of Port Kembla - delivering real jobs supporting the economy and the people of the Illawarra."