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0001 - PORT OF NEWCASTLE

Faruqi, Mehreen to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Treasurer, and Minister for Industrial Relations
    1. Is compensation payable to the Port Botany leaseholder if container movements exceed an annual threshold at the Port of Newcastle?
    2. If so, what is the annual threshold?
    3. What is the amount of compensation per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU)?
    1. Is the Port of Newcastle leaseholder required to pay the Government a fee for container movements through the Port of Newcastle on the same or similar terms as the Government is required to compensate the Port Botany leaseholder?
    2. If so, when did the Government undertake to pay compensation to the Port Botany leaseholder and to impose a fee on the Port of Newcastle leaseholder?
  1. How many containers must be moved through Port Botany and Port Kembla before an extension is allowed in the number of container movements at the Port of Newcastle that do not attract the compensation payment and fee respectively?
    1. Is the purpose of the fee charged of the Port of Newcastle leaseholder to constrain the number of containers passing through the Port of Newcastle?
    2. If not, what is the purpose of the fee?
    1. Is the purpose of the fee charged of the Port of Newcastle leaseholder to prevent development of a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle?
    2. If not, what is the purpose of the fee?
  2. Did the Government abolish the cap on container movements at Port Botany to increase the value of the lease to potential purchasers?
  3. Did the Government agree to compensate the Port Botany leaseholder in respect of container movements at the Port of Newcastle to preserve the commercial value of the Port Botany lease?
    1. Was a cost-benefit study of the proposal to compensate the Port Botany leaseholder if container movements exceed an annual threshold at the Port of Newcastle undertaken?
    2. If so, will the Government release it?
  4. What will be the impact on the New South Wales economy of preventing competition between New South Wales ports for handling containers?
  5. What are the estimated additional costs to the Northern New South Wales economy to require goods to be transported to Port Botany by truck for export as opposed to the Port of Newcastle?
  6. What are the estimated additional costs to the Northern New South Wales economy to require imported goods to be transported between Port Botany and western Sydney before being transported by truck to northern New South Wales?
  7. What will be the impact on the New South Wales economy of predicating future growth in Port Botany container movements on transportation by truck?
  8. What is the container-carrying capacity of the rail line serving Port Botany?
    1. Will the Government fund the Western Sydney Freight Line?
    2. If not, who will fund this line?
  9. When will the Commonwealth Government respond to the Government's request for funds to build stages 2 and 3 of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor?
  10. Are there state or Commonwealth Government funds available for building the Western Sydney Freight Line and stages 2 and 3 of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor?
Answer -
  1.  
    1. The terms of the Port Botany transaction are consistent with the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy which was released in 2013. The Port Botany lease is a public document.
    2. The details of the container arrangements in the Port Commitment Deeds are commercial in confidence.
    3. Please see the answer to question 1 (b).
  2.  
    1. The terms of the Port of Newcastle transaction are consistent with the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy which was released in 2013. The Port of Newcastle lease is a public document.
    2.  Please refer to the answer to questions 1 (a) and 2(a).
  3. Please refer to the answers to questions 1 (a) and 2(a). The details of the Port Commitment Deeds are commercial in confidence.
  4.  
    1. Please refer to the answer to question 2(a).
    2. Please refer to the answer above.
  5.  
    1. The Newcastle Port transaction arrangements do not prevent the development of a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle.
    2. Please refer to the answer to question 4(a).
  6. Please refer to former Treasurer Baird's second reading speech on introducing the Ports Assets (Authorised Transactions) Bill 2012.
  7. The terms of the Port Botany transaction reflect the Government's NSW Freight and Ports Strategy which was released in 2013.
  8.  
    1. The scoping study for the transaction included analysis of the freight transport task, landside logistics chains, container demand patterns and logistics costs across the State
    2. The scoping study is Commercial in Confidence.
  9. The New South Wales ports are not prevented from competing for handling of containers.
  10. This question should be referred to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  11. This question should be referred to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  12. This question should be referred to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  13. This question should be referred to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  14. This question should be referred to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  15. This question should be referred to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  16. This question should be referred to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Question asked on 5 May 2015 (session 56-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 1
Answer received on 9 June 2015 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 12