Port of Melbourne Lease (4.08.2015)
Written on the 4 August 2015
Southern Metropolitan Region
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My constituency question this afternoon is for the Minister for Ports, Luke Donnellan.
My electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region takes in large parts of the many magnificent beaches of Port Phillip Bay, including those in the electorates of Albert Park, Brighton and Sandringham. A number of constituents have contacted me to speak about the proposed legislation on the long-term lease of the Port of Melbourne and the subsequent implications of the government's proposed legislation. Following from that there are concerns about the potential for Port Phillip Heads to be blasted, which would cause untold permanent environmental damage to many areas of Port Phillip Bay, including those bayside areas of Albert Park, Brighton and Sandringham.
My question is: will the minister guarantee that any future port lease that may be signed by the Andrews government will include a clause to protect Port Phillip Heads and that the heads will not be blasted?
Answers to Constituency Questions GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB)
Directed to: Minister for Ports, Luke Donnellan.
Asked on: 25 June 2015
The Government has received advice that it is highly unlikely that a significant number of 'big ships' will seek to call on the Port of Melbourne within the lease term.During the lease, any additional capital dredging beyond existing approvals, including at The Heads, would be subject to the relevant State and Commonwealth environmental approvals at the time. This is unchanged from what the Port of Melbourne Corporation is required to do currently.
The use of 'blasting' techniques (using explosives) is considered old technology and has not been used in approximately 30 years. The recent Channel Deepening Project used mechanical means which achieved the required outcome within stringent environmental conditions.