ALP Motion on the Ports and Environs Advisory Committee Report
Written on the 14 March 2012
Mr Tee (ALP) moved:
[Mr Tee -- What about the Woodend community? They -- --]
In relation to that issue, Minister Guy went to the Victorian community and gave his plan for that. They voted on that, and that was the mandate. Mr Tee knows that. The minister has consulted; he continues to consult. He continues to support communities and councils and gives many of those local decisions back to the councils, as was indicated in the coalition's policy in the lead-up to the last election.
Ms Pennicuik, you just said 'Ha!'. Can I come to your contribution?
[Ms Pennicuik -- Please do.]
In your contribution you said you wanted to get freight onto rail and take trucks off roads; you said it was damaging the roads and causing accidents. I do not know how we are going to get freight moved around the state and around the world. Ms Pennicuik's remarks were extraordinary. She was supporting the port of Melbourne but then saying she would not support the port of Hastings because of environmental issues. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot have appropriate levels of export and trade
[Ms PENNICUIK -- I have been misunderstood.]
That is what you said: you said the trucks are causing damage, and I could not agree with you more. There are large trucks that cause massive damage to roads, and we see that right across the western parts of Victoria in relation to the associated wind farms and the maintenance trucks that --
I am going back to that because I am talking about damage to roads.
[Mr Tee -- How is the Woodend community going? They want a wind farm.]
The port of Melbourne is a very effective port, as Mr O'Donohue said in his contribution to the debate. There are a number of ports in this state that contribute to the overall economy, and it is important to continue to highlight that our whole economic benefit does not just rely on one part of the state. There is the port of Hastings, there is the port of Melbourne and there is the port of Portland, and they all contribute enormously to the local and economic impacts on the state and more widely. We should be doing what we can to support those local communities, especially those ports.
In relation to Mr Tee's motion requesting that a copy of the Ports and Environs Advisory Committee report be tabled by Tuesday, 27 March, as Mr O'Donohue has said, the government will not be opposing the motion. It will be responding and reviewing the report, as is the normal process.
In conclusion I commend the Minister for Planning for the work he is undertaking in this area and again say what a contrast he is to the previous planning minister.