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The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP
a bit and you'll see that magni cent work going on at
the moment, employing up to 3000 people, both on
and off the site.
Despite that work, by 2030 to 2035, the Port of
Melbourne will be full and there will be no room for
further expansion. If we're going to be the freight and
logistics capital of Australia, and if we're going to be
a number-one port in Australia, then we need the
next generation of port.
That's why this Government has provided
$110 million to start work to build the Port of Hastings
-- a natural deepwater port -- close to Melbourne, and
close to the fast-growing areas of Melbourne. We
desperately need to build Port of Hastings by 2030 to
2035 to cater for growth and opportunities.
I'd also like to mention some of the urban renewal
opportunities in Melbourne and Victoria. They
are right across the state: E-Gate, near Docklands;
Fishermans Bend in Melbourne; or the East Werribee
Employment Zone, these are great opportunities for
And in country Victoria, in Junction Place where
the rail line has been removed, we are opening up
that part of Wodonga. In Ballarat, the Ballarat West
Employment Zone, near the airport and near the
major highways in one of our large regional cities, is
another urban renewal opportunity.
The reason that we can do all of these things
is because we have a Triple-A rated economy.
We do have a strong budgetary position and,
indeed, the recent ABS statistics show that State
Final Demand in Victoria in the June quarter grew
1.2 per cent, compared to the national average of
0.4 per cent.
Over the year, growth in Victoria was 2.5 per
cent, compared to the national average of 1.4 per
cent. The unemployment gures that came out
in early September 2014 showed that in the past
month, there were 26,000 new jobs created in
Victoria and, in the three and a half years that we've
been in government, there have been 108,000 more
Victorians in employment.
We have strong gures on building approvals,
retail sales, consumer con dence and business
investment. Victoria is also superbly placed in
the growing Asian Century, where there are great
opportunities in food and bre, education, tourism
and hospitality, nancial and other services,
advanced manufacturing, and biotechnology and
scienti c research.
This Government is about getting on with the
job of building the infrastructure that we need for a
growing population. Infrastructure that we need for
a growing economy. Infrastructure that we need to
create jobs, and grow new jobs in our community.
We're about building a better Victoria.
The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP, Premier of Victoria
Dr Denis Napthine was sworn in as the 47th Premier of Victoria on 6 March 2013. He is also Victoria's
Minister for Regional Cities and Racing.
Dr Napthine was born on 6 March 1952, and grew up on the family farm in Winchelsea. Before
entering Parliament, Dr Napthine attended Winchelsea State School and Chanel College in Geelong.
He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) and a
Master of Veterinary Studies (MVS). He also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from
A quali ed vet, Dr Napthine held the positions of District Veterinary Of cer, and Regional Veterinary
Of cer, and ultimately became Manager of the Hamilton complex of the Victorian Department of
Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
Dr Napthine was elected to the Parliament of Victoria in the October 1988 State Election,
representing the seat of Portland in the Legislative Assembly.
We have strong gures on
building approvals, retail sales,
consumer con dence and
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