In our backyard, still haunted by possible mega development container Port of Hastings, looks like less to worry about. Port of Botany has not only caught up but rail link is in place to provide for loading directly to/from ships to rail transport to outer south west intermodal depot for distribution. This means huge savings and efficiency in eliminating slow load/unload to ever more expensive, with polluting, slow traffic transit trucks. Heavy loads from western district farmers are already using rail to Port Botany, to lock in to lower port fees, worried about expected doubling of fees if Port of Melbourne is privatised. At presentation for Port of Hastings in Cowes, even CEO said Hastings would not be a goer without rail link. So why is Labor government proposing Western Distributor, hugely expensive road, donating 15 years more tolls to Citylink tax dodgers? Even crazier proposed privatisation of Port of Melbourne, is expected to double container handling fees. Why sell off such a valuable asset, to finance replacement of suburban rail crossings, when interest rates for government are lowest ever?
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