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New board appointed for Port of Hastings development

Friday, 23 December 2011

Minister for Ports Denis Napthine today announced the newly appointed chairman and board for the Port of Hastings Development Authority (PoHDA).

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Yehudi Blacher as the inaugural chairman of the PoHDA. Mr Blacher brings a wealth of experience to the board having served as a senior public servant under Coalition and Labor governments for more than 20 years, including roles as the Secretary for the Department of Planning and Community Development and Department for Victorian Communities," Dr Napthine said.

"Mr Blacher will be well supported by four other board members who have extensive backgrounds in the ports and freight, business, legal and finance sectors.

This is an historic occasion for Victoria. Mr Blacher and his board will have a pivotal role in the expansion of the Port of Hastings, paving the way for a second container terminal which will secure the long-term future for freight and logistics in Victoria," Dr Napthine said.

Also joining Mr Blacher on the PoHDA board will be:

  • Deputy Chairman Mr Rodney L. Chadwick - former Managing Director at Pacific Dunlop and chairman and director at various companies
  • Mr Geoff Craige - has a 20 year navy career, worked as a trade union representative and has a 15 year Parliamentary career including being the Minister for Roads and Ports
  • Ms Claire Filson - former Company Secretary, board member and solicitor
  • Mr Greg Martin - former CEO of Port of Brisbane, Sydney Ports Corporation and currently an Executive Director at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.

Dr Napthine said an efficient and competitive freight industry was vital to the state's economy and absolutely imperative for local exporters.

"Container movements are estimated to quadruple over the next 30 years and it is critical that we begin planning for this growth now. The PoHDA's first task will be to begin the key social, economic and environmental studies that will underpin this important project," Dr Napthine said.

The development of Hastings will include new port facilities and infrastructure to move containers to and from the port.

The new PoHDA will take control of the Port of Hastings on 1 January 2012 with the port expected to become an operating container terminal in 10 to 15 years.

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