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Port of Brisbane - developing Australia's transport infrastructure

Event details
Date: 23/08/2013
Time: 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Venue: Tattersalls's Club, 215 Queen St Mall, Brisbane
Name: BDA Secretariat
Phone: 07 3211 4698
Fax: 07 3211 4900

The Port of Brisbane (PBPL) is one of Australia’s fastest growing and most dynamic ports – handling over $50 billion of trade per annum, representing over 50% of Queensland’s annual international trade task.

Already handling around 50% of Australia's beef and cotton exports and 95% of Queensland’s containers and motor vehicles, the port has a vested interest in ensuring the sustainability of trade growth in Queensland. However, the Port’s ability to support a predicted 400% increase in container trade over the next 25 years must be underpinned by the development of long-term, cost-effective, integrated freight infrastructure connecting the port to its hinterland.

PBPL CEO, Russell Smith, is a passionate advocate for sensible planning of balanced integrated freight networks by all levels of government to unlock significant trade growth opportunities for Queensland and to minimise traffic induced congestion in our communities.  On 23 August, Russell will outline to the Brisbane Development Association the opportunities available to the Port by building a dedicated freight line.

He believes that greater dedicated freight rail capacity would rebalance the demand for road and rail access to the port and provide critical trade certainty for key growth sectors such as containers, agricultural exports and mineral exports – all key drivers of the State’s economy.

Privatised in 2010 under a 99-year lease, the Port of Brisbane is viewed globally as a benchmark for the privatisation of port infrastructure. Offering diversified, open access to all users, the Port strongly encourages pricing competition and certainty for customers across all aspects of the logistics network.

With an infrastructure investment pipeline in excess of $1b and innovative logistics management, the Port is strategically positioned to unlock further economic growth for Queensland.