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Bay West port choice increases urgency for Western Interstate Freight-rail Terminal

May 18, 2017


LeadWest has welcomed reports today that Infrastructure Victoria has recommended Bay West as the site for Melbourne’s second container port, and renewed calls for the Victorian government to fast-track construction of the proposed Western Interstate Freight Terminal.

According to The Age, Infrastructure Victoria has advised the Victorian Government that the new container port should be located at Bay West, at a site somewhere between Werribee and Point Wilson. Sources in the article also suggest that the government is likely to support the recommendation.

“LeadWest has been advocating strongly for Bay West as the site for Melbourne’s second container port, so we are very pleased that Infrastructure Victoria has reached this conclusion,” said LeadWest CEO, Craig Rowley.

 “The west has the majority of the Melbourne’s freight infrastructure and will be taking the lion’s share of the city’s future population growth, so this site is the smart choice for Victoria’s future.

“We hope that the government will formalise its support for the proposal as quickly as possible. We encourage both sides of Victorian politics to get behind this proposal and to provide certainty to businesses, residents and councils as they plan for the future.

“In further refining the location, we urge the Government to consider the more severe environmental impacts of a location closer to Werribee and its RAMSAR listed wetlands.

“The Point Wilson site avoids these impacts and locates the new port further away from residential development and closer to the Avalon airport.

“Now Bay West has been confirmed, it is critical that the Victorian Government brings forward development and planning for the Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT).

“The WIFT will be a major piece of supporting infrastructure for the Bay West port, as well as the new inland rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane that was funded in the 2017-18 federal budget.

“Our region will benefit greatly from the economic and jobs boost that the WIFT will deliver. We also know that moving freight from road to rail will help to lower carbon emissions and reduce truck traffic on residential streets.

“The terminal has been in pre-feasibility study planning for years. Now there are no excuses to keep it on hold, and we strongly urge the government to get on with building it.”

 

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