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New CEO at Ports Victoria

Port sustainability

In a significant move for the state’s commercial ports sector, Craig Walker has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Ports Victoria. This announcement was made by the Allan Labor Government, marking a new era of leadership and expertise for the organisation.

Melissa Horne, the Minister for Ports and Freight, expresses her delight in Craig’s appointment. “I am delighted to announce Craig Walker’s appointment as Ports Victoria CEO – his extensive experience will be vital as we manage rapid growth to meet the future needs of our freight task,” Melissa says. She emphasizes the crucial role of Victoria’s commercial ports as engines for economic growth and looks forward to Craig’s leadership and insight in the sector.

Craig, set to begin his new role in February 2024, brings a wealth of experience to the table. His career highlights include various advisory roles within the government, as well as key positions such as Chief Operations Officer and Executive General Manager at Gladstone Ports Corporation. He has also worked with QR National, a rail freight company, and served on several boards, including North Queensland Bulk Ports.

The appointment comes at a time when freight volumes are projected to more than double over the next thirty years. Victoria’s commercial ports, which annually handle almost a quarter of Australia’s total food and fibre exports, amounting to roughly $26 billion, are critical to the state’s economic prosperity.

Since its inception in 2021, Ports Victoria has been managing maritime navigation and operational safety for the ports of Melbourne, Geelong, and Hastings, and overseeing operations at the port of Portland.

Craig shares his enthusiasm for the new position. “I’m very excited at the opportunity and to be working with the team in leading Ports Victoria in an important period of growth, diversity, and change,” he says. Craig underscores the significance of the organization’s role in facilitating the growth and prosperity of Victoria’s commercial ports.

With Craig Walker at the helm, Ports Victoria is poised to effectively navigate through the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving freight and commercial port landscape.


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