- Sydney Ports is progressing final authority approvals following completion of the 100% design documentation for the ILC base infrastructure and off site works.
- On this basis, the project’s design consultant Maunsell Aecom is preparing tender documents for the main construction contract.
- The Wheel Lathe rail corridor works were completed on 25 August 2009.
- The demolition of all existing site infrastructure is nearing completion. The south sidings rail lines will soon be removed now that the north sidings rail corridor has been constructed and commissioned to provide access to the wheel lathe facility.
- Following approval of the Remediation Action Plan in July 2009, the majority of the remediation works are expected to be completed by late 2009.
- The remaining site preparation works will be carried out during the remainder of 2009 and in early 2010. These works include various electrical works and the relocation of heritage structures to an area in the south of the site.
- The Request for Proposals for ILC tenants/operators closed on 2 April 2009.
- A number of proponents have submitted responses to the RFP and the final evaluation of proposals is on target for completion by the end of 2009.
- The second meeting of the Community Liaison Committee was held on site on 26 August 2009.
- In the last three months, Sydney Ports has also provided site tours for key stakeholders including local and state government officials as well as rail operators and authorities.
- Sydney Ports established the Road Transport Coordination Group (RTCG) for the project in May 2008. The RTCG includes representatives of Sydney Ports, the Department of Planning, the RTA, Strathfield Council and Bankstown City Council. The RTCG oversees and coordinates the management of traffic and road issues associated with and affected by the project. RTCG meeting minutes can be viewed on the ILC website.
- The next meeting of the RTCG is planned once the outstanding design matters for the Norfolk Road/Roberts Road intersection have been addressed to the satisfaction of the Roads and Traffic Authority.
- In late July Sydney Ports invited Registrations of Interest (ROI) for the construction of base infrastructure and off-site works (Civil and Rail). The ROI has now closed, with the shortlisted proponents expected to be invited to tender in October 2009.
- Main construction works are expected to commence in 2010.
- The project is tracking well in accordance with the approved program.
The Port of Melbourne…warned.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned a lack of competition in the stevedoring sector would get in the way of future growth.
According to the ACCC’s latest annual monitoring report of container stevedoring, throughput volumes recorded an increase of 10.7 per cent in 2007-08, with productivity levels jumping almost 47 per cent over the last decade.
ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said the report showed decade-old waterfront reforms have significantly boosted the stevedoring sector, but a lack of competition in the industry was worrying.
“During this time, demand for stevedoring services has doubled. The cost of using stevedoring services has fallen in real terms.
“In turn, the stevedoring businesses have become more productive and profitable, even during a period when significant expenditure on assets was made,” Mr Samuel said.
“However, as the ACCC has noted in previous reports, questions remain about the extent to which the stevedores actually compete to win each other’s business. This is important when we look forward ten years and consider the high rates of demand that are forecast to continue.”
Mr Samuel said while the ports of Sydney and Brisbane were well progressed in testing the market for new competitors, the Port of Melbourne was lagging behind with a third container terminal not set to open until 2017.
“Any unnecessary delays in establishing additional container terminal facilities could result in lost opportunities for greater competition.
“More intense levels of competition can not only improve efficiency but may also result in a greater share of the benefits being passed on to users and the wider community that reply on the movement of goods into and out of Australian ports,” he said.