New Statewide Ports Body Board Announced

VIC Premier

The Victorian Government has appointed a new Board for Victoria’s new statewide ports body, Ports Victoria.

Howard Ronaldson will chair the new body, which brings together the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) and Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) to lead the strategic management and operation of Victorian commercial ports and waterways.

Mr Ronaldson brings extensive experience to the role as a former secretary of the Victorian Department of Infrastructure and Department of Business and Innovation. He has also been an administrator with Ambulance Victoria and most recently assessed the viability of the Port Rail Shuttle proposal for the Department of Transport.

Elaine Carbines has been chosen as the new deputy Chairperson for the board, a strong local leader who will provide critical knowledge of the Barwon region.

Additional members appointed to the board include Des Powell AM, Janice van Reyk and Peter Tuohey, with all members to work alongside the Department of Transport.

The new organisation will begin operating out of Geelong on 1 July, recognising the city’s important role in Victoria’s ports system – through GeelongPort and the future relocation of the Spirit of Tasmania.

Approximately $26 billion of locally produced and manufactured exports pass through Victoria’s commercial ports annually, handling almost a quarter of Australia’s total food and fibre exports.

With freight volumes expected to more than double over the next thirty years, the safe and efficient operation of our ports remains key to our state’s economic growth.

The establishment of Ports Victoria is a key finding from the Independent Review of the Victorian Ports System, a comprehensive review set to cut red tape, boost safety and improve the way this vital industry operates.

As stated by Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne

“Howard Ronaldson’s decades of experience in Government and substantial knowledge of the Ports sector will be invaluable as we establish this important new body.”

“I’d like to thank and acknowledge the work of James Cain at Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) and Kate Roffey at the Victorian Regional Channels Authority for their hard work and leadership.”

As stated by Ports Victoria Chair Howard Ronaldson

“I look forward to working with Government to establish this important new body and ensure the continued growth of Victoria’s ports sector.”

“Victoria’s ports play a crucial role in our state’s exports and I am looking forward to leading the transition and future strategic plan of Ports Victoria.”

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