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Build it but will they come: Is Hastings the best port alternative?

The Victoria University Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics (ISCL) and the Supply Chain Advisory Network, will assess issues and options for the location of Melbourne’s next container port at the Committee for Wyndham’s Luncheon at Quality Suites D'Olive in Point Cook on Wednesday 9th July.

Media are welcome to attend.

Keynote speaker, Dr Hermione Parsons, Director of ISCL, will explore the ongoing factors influencing the location of the port, and this decision will be central to the long term health of the Victorian economy.

The event entitled “Build it but will they come?”asks whether key companies would be prepared to move from Melbourne’s west to Hastings, and whether the port facilities could be made suitable for modern container vessels which require deep water ports?

Dr Parsons, said, “Victorian Governments – past and present – have held a preference for Hastings over alternative port locations and this preference needs to be reviewed in relation to the commercial realities of maritime and landside logistics and supply chains.”

Dr Parsons says that ISCL is able to provide a considered voice based on independent research into supply chain issues. She believes a discussion which is free of political bias is required in order to achieve the best supply chain and logistics outcomes for Victoria and South Eastern Australia.

“We want to share all available information with industry and community in order to inform the debate. Commercial imperatives and global trade issues must be considered along with the needs of existing logistics companies,” she said.

Build it but will they come” is a comprehensive paper to be released at the event that details the findings of a whole of supply chains industry study. The report is independently funded by Victoria University.

When:  Wednesday 9 July, 12.00 - 2.30pm

Where: Quality Suites D'Olive, 454 Point Cook Road, Point Cook

Cost    : $70 which includes lunch

              Register on or phone 03 8742 4148

Media Contact:

Christine White

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University

9919 4322; 0434 602884; [email protected]




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