Phillip Island,

Council Invited To Join Port Expansion Discussions

Bass Coast Shire Council will represent the community in a Council Advisory Group for the Port of Hastings Container Expansion Project.

Mayor, Neil Rankine, and Council CEO, Paul Buckley, have been invited to join the group along with representatives from the other four shire councils impacted by the project – Mornington Peninsula, Frankston City, Cardinia and City of Casey.

The group will meet quarterly and discuss the project and will identify and explore opportunities or concerns associated with the Port’s expansion, as well as be informed on any progress or updates.

Having missed out on the opportunity to be part of the project’s stakeholder engagement group, Cr Neil Rankine welcomed the introduction of the Advisory Group.

“I am very happy to see our requests to be included in the project have been answered,” Cr Rankine said.

“Council is looking forward to working with the other councils and ensuring the views and concerns of our communities are heard and addressed by the Port of Hastings.”

In a letter to Council, Port of Hastings Development Authority CEO, Mike Lean, wrote stakeholder engagement is criticial to the successful delivery of the project.

“As representatives of the Western Port and South Eastern communities who will experience benefits and change from container expansion, it is critical that the expertise, views and advice of your council and constituents are understood and considered in the planning and development process,” Mr Lean said.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, 5 March.