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Port of Melbourne sale provides funding boost for regional and rural infrastructure projects

Monday 19 September 2016

Regional Victoria is a major winner thanks to the successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne, with more than $970 million to be invested in regional and rural infrastructure projects.

The Lonsdale Consortium, comprising of the Future Fund, QIC, GIP and OMERS signed a lease of the port’s commercial operations for a term of 50 years. The lease, worth in excess of $9.7 billion, reflects strong bidder interest and the port’s value, as the biggest container and cargo port in the country.

Ten per cent of lease proceeds will be invested in regional and rural Victoria, totalling more than $970 million, creating jobs and supporting economic growth across the State.

The proceeds are available for infrastructure projects and programs that will benefit the agriculture sector, including transport, irrigation, and energy projects, as well as skills development programs and market access campaigns.

The Government has also delivered a $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund to drive economic growth in our regions, creating jobs, boosting exports and supporting Victorian farmers from paddock to port.

Key projects already being supported include the next stage of the Macalister Irrigation Project in Gippsland.

Each member of the consortium is a highly experienced asset owner who will ensure the ongoing operational integrity of the Port of Melbourne. Lonsdale will also bring greater access to capital to ensure the ongoing development of the Port of Melbourne, further enhancing Victoria’s reputation as the leading port in Australia.

Leasing the port will make it even better for our farmers with increased efficiencies and competitiveness, whilst reinforcing Victoria’s position as the freight and logistics capital of Australia and will make a great port even better.


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Last Updated: 19 September 2016