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Swanson Dock and Webb Dock will be
reached in the next 10 to 15 years, by which
time the state will need a second port.
Hastings offers a number of advantages as
the state’s second container port.
As well as being a natural deepwater
port with a large landside area zoned for port
use, Hastings has been servicing the steel,
gas and bulk liquid trades for five decades.
Developing Hastings also negates the need for
another round of dredging in Port Phillip Bay,
a prospect that attaches a high economic and
The expansion of Hastings also offers
the opportunity to develop a more extensive
warehousing and logistics industry in
Melbourne’s south-east, closer to the city’s
demographic centre. Since the construction
of the Western Ring Road in the 1990s
concentrated warehousing in the west,
the West Gate Bridge has borne the brunt
of containers transported westward for
unpacking, and eastward as loose product.
Warehousing is a very mobile industry
that will relocate to where it can operate most
efficiently. By attracting warehousing to the
east, an expanded Hastings will rebalance
the metropolitan freight flows of import and
At its peak, the Port of Hastings is
estimated to cater for nine million 20-foot
equivalent containers by 2050 – more
than three times the Port of Melbourne’s
Our state is growing fast – in population,
in the scale of the economy and in the
The challenge facing Victoria is to
sustainably accommodate this dramatic growth.
Through some tough decisions on
the expenditure side of the balance sheet,
we’ve been able to maintain spending on
infrastructure, despite the considerable
challenges on the revenue side.
We are delivering a record spend
on infrastructure, while at the same time
delivering an operating surplus and keeping
borrowings at reasonable levels – and
we’ve only been able to do this through
a combination of tough decisions and
responsible economic management.
Our multi-billion-dollar investment is
recognition that we have to keep ahead of the
growth curve if we’re to maintain the state’s
business and liveability edge.
A key component of the Melbourne Rail
Link is a rail line to Melbourne Airport
Link will give each
train line its own
within the network
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