The Port of Melbourne’s $1.6 billion port capacity project has been given the green light, following a decision by Matthew Guy, planning minister, to provide the planning approval for works to commence at the Australian city’s Webb Dock.
“This decision means that the works at Webb Dock can now proceed, enabling Melbourne’s third container terminal and new world-class automotive facilities to be operational in late 2016,” said Denis Napthine, minister for ports, in a written statement.
The planning process and amendments to the Melbourne and Port of Melbourne planning schemes specify the need for a landscaped buffer and the construction of noise walls to reduce the impact of the operations on nearby communities. Environmental standards will also be required to protect the bay, waterways and natural environment.
Other approvals have been received from various government departments, including the Commonwealth, which gave its approval under its Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.