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Opposition leader Daniel Andrews said the Geelong plan was already dead. “The problem is they don’t have the courage to look the people of Geelong in the eye and say they have ditched this plan.” Mr Andrews said the Webb Dock redevelopment would also mean traffic chaos between Melbourne and Geelong with thousands more trucks. Shipping Australia chief Llew Russell said the industry was anxious to hear the Government decision on shifting the car trade. “Our view is that Geelong has a whole lot of issues to be addressed, such as distance, the one-way shipping channel and lack of land.”

BY JOHN VAN KLAVEREN GEELONG will be the base for a new national sports network to commercialise elite sports technology, officials have announced. Australian Sports Technologies Network interim chair James Demetriou said the network had wideranging support. Mr Demetriou, brother of AFL chief Andrew, said Geelong’s cluster of university and research organisations and sports technology businesses helped clinch the deal. “The $600 billion global sports market is the third biggest industry in the world and Australia enjoys a high level reputation internationally,” he said. “We have a high level of sports participation but the sports industry in Australia is fragmented, so we

need to work together. “We will introduce a multi-media showcase of our capabilities on a national and global basis. We will also initiate a sports technology market study so we understand the size of market and its opportunities.” The network had the support of the AFL as well as councils stategic group G21 Regional Alliance and City of Greater Geelong. CSIRO and tertiary institutions including Deakin University would participate, Mr Demetriou said. The network had also attracted Federal Government funding. “ASTN will run an annual conference to enable members to share information and we’ll run a boot camp for sports technologists,” Mr Demetriou said. “Developing an export plan for trade shows and trade missions will be another key component.”

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announcement we can add that final piece to our study. We’ll be able to make that announcement shortly. “We’ll be talking to the car industry and we’ll be examining where it’s best to locate the car trade. “There are two clear choices: they can either go to Geelong or they can be located on the other side of Webb Dock. “There’s no doubt the car trade has indicated it would prefer to stay in Melbourne and there are some issues with land availability in Geelong.” Dr Napthine announced the car trade feasibility study early in 2010, saying it would generate up to 1000 jobs and $200 million for the city’s economy.

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BY JOHN VAN KLAVEREN PLANS for a new container port in Melbourne have cast further doubt over a proposal to relocate car shipping to Geelong. Ports Minister Denis Napthine said the $1.2 billion container port at Webb Dock was the “final piece in the jigsaw” for the Geelong proposal. Dr Napthine repeatedly said he did not want to pre-empt an announcement on the proposal. “Currently the export import car trade operates on both sides of Webb Dock. With this new development, containers are going onto this (larger) section of Webb Dock (and) the cars will need a new home. “Now that we have this

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