12 May 2015

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Final turnout for CFA leader The fire bell tolled and a CFA tanker led the hearse past a guard of honour following the funeral on Saturday of veteran Somerville firefighter Rod Armstrong. See Page 6 Picture: Gary Sissons

Budget’s $80m blow to port Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE future of the Port of Hastings Development Authority is in doubt following the failure of the state government to refinance its operations in last week’s budget. Hastings MP Neale Burgess has accused the government of “siphoning off” $80 million that should have gone

to the authority’s operations. He said the “disturbing and cynical move” was a “further betrayal” from the Labor government which had provided no new funding for the area. “Just five months ago the Port of Hastings was building a real future for our community, already providing more than 100 jobs and preparing to provide thousands more over the coming years,” Mr Burgess said. “Now the Port of Hastings Development Author-

ity is just a shell, with the majority of the jobs gone and with Labor delivering the final blow this week by clawing back the remaining $80m of the project’s funding. “This disgraceful decision is a major blow for jobs, businesses and the economy in the Western Port area and the south east region.” More jobs are likely to go after next Monday’s meeting of the development authority’s board, with one insider put-



ting staffing levels down to as low as 10. Neither the Ports Minister Luke Donnellan or the Port of Hastings Development Authority answered questions emailed by The News. On Monday morning the authority said it had forwarded the questions to the government. Within 90 minutes it sent another email: “The Port of Hastings Development Authority has received funding in the budget to continue to manage the day-to-day opera-

tions of the port and to facilitate bulk opportunities.” The previous Liberal-led coalition established the authority in January 2012 to plan for a new international container port. The authority is responsible for managing existing trade at the Port of Hastings through an agreement with Patrick Ports Hastings, although the number of ships visiting the port has dropped in the past few years. Continued Page 6


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