The first Port Development Strategy for the port of Geelong has been released by the Victorian Regional Channels Authority. The role of the Strategy, as defined by the Port Management Act, is to support the effective growth and development of the port of Geelong, taking into account the unique circumstances of the port, and predicted trade and transport scenarios.
Developed in consultation with port users and the broader port community, the Strategy provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of the port of Geelong and related issues. It identifies key stakeholders, considers future growth scenarios and outlines planning directions that will allow the port to thrive in the coming years.
The Strategy considers both land and sea transport infrastructure requirements for a freight future that will include larger vessels, larger trucks and new commodities.
In terms of rail, it highlights the need to ensure that existing rail easement areas and connections are maintained or expanded, to allow growth to occur, and to reduce the potential for road congestion.
In relation to road transport, the Strategy identifies the need for improved connections between the Port Area of Interest and key freight routes, such as the Geelong Ring Road and the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct (GREP). It also outlines the need for an improved road network within the Port Area of Interest, to manage the interaction between port and general road users.
In terms of shipping, the Strategy identifies the need to maintain the safety of the channels in a future where there will be a larger proportion of bigger vessels, which will require increased channel dimensions (including at berths). Timely planning for these changes will be vital for future port development.