Coastal Shipping Reforms

Burnie City Council is encouraged by reports that the coastal shipping reform legislation could be considered when Parliament returns next month.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “The last time this legislation was defeated in the Senate there was a commitment made by the Government to work with the Opposition and cross benchers to negotiate changes to the legislation.”

“The development of an international container terminal at the Burnie Port is a key consideration for Burnie’s long-term economic future. The Burnie Port is not only the city’s greatest economic asset, but also the regions and this significant investment would provide economic benefits for the North West Coast and the State.”

“If it were to go ahead, it would be a significant investment in critical infrastructure.”

“Council is aware that any decision on the development of an international container terminal is dependent on the outcome of the coastal shipping reforms. We therefore urge all parties in the Senate to work together to enhance Australia’s role as a major exporter in the ASEAN and keep in mind the importance of trade based economies in regional Australia, when considering the shipping reforms. We also encourage Senators to ensure they have the best interests of Australian employees in mind.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728