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Regional Ports 2017

Regional Ports will showcase the latest port developments and key strategies to maximise the efficiency of Australia’s regional ports.

28-29 August 2017 | Novotel Wollongong

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Australia’s regional ports have witnessed extraordinary growth in the last decade. Across the country, new legislation and financing models are being introduced to maximise the competitiveness of our regional ports, streamline operations and strengthen the economic role of regional ports to meet Australia’s current and potential competitiveness..

The 10th annual Regional Ports Summit will be hosted by NSW Ports in Wollongong and showcase the latest port developments and assess the policy, planning and operating strategies designed to improve the efficiencies of Australia’s regional ports: gateways for facilitating trade, engagement and regional growth.

Featuring local and national case studies, the two-day event will include a site tour of Port Kembla, which continues to grow to accommodate both the expansion of traditional industries along with the development of new ones. The diverse commodity base of the port today reflects the growth of the region and its capability to service the growing South West Sydney market.


Welcome to Wollongong! It is great to host the 10th Regional Ports Conference.

Wollongong is home to the Port of Port Kembla – a fantastic regional asset.

The future of the Port of Kembla is bright and full of tremendous opportunity for new business and job opportunities for the Illawarra region.

Already, it is New South Wales’ largest motor vehicle import hub and grain export port. It also caters for a growing range of dry bulk, bulk liquid and general cargo.

The Port of Port Kembla will also become home, as a second container port.

With this bright future ahead and further expansion plans for the Port of Port Kembla under consideration as part of NSW Ports’ 30 Year Master Plan, there remain a number of key challenges, which need to be addressed.

The most pressing involve land transport connections to and from the Port, and the preservation of existing buffer zones so residential areas can continue to co-exist with all activities in and around the Port of Port Kembla.

NSW Labor strongly supports the continued expansion of the Port of Port Kembla. On behalf of NSW Labor, I have made infrastructure investment pledges, in particular, to help complete the Maldon-Dombarton rail link.

My ultimate objective, as the Member for Wollongong, and representing the Port of Port Kembla, is to connect it directly with the third largest economy in Australia – south-west Sydney.

The Port of Port Kembla can become Western Sydney’s port of choice.

I look forward to addressing the Conference and wish participants successful deliberations.




Official Gala Dinner

The Official Regional Ports Dinner will take place at the Lagoon Restaurant from 19:00 on the evening of the 28th August. Your dinner ticket is included in the price of your registration. Additional single seats of tables of ten can be booked through the registration page on the conference website.

The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant is a premier dining facility in the Illawarra located just a few minutes from the conference venue. Join us for an elegant dining experience with breathtaking views of North Wollongong beach.

Dinner Venue Details:

The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
Stuart Park, George Hanley Drive
North Wollongong
NSW 2500
+61 2 4226 1677

For additional dinner tickets please see the ‘Pricing’ section for details.

About Wollongong

We are delighted to be holding Regional Ports 2017 in Port Kembla, Wollongong. The region boasts some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches and a range of activities and attractions to suit all lifestyles and interests. Why not visit the Sea Cliff Bridge on your way from Sydney to drink in the sights over the South Pacific Ocean? Or hire a bike from the conference hotel to explore the nearby area? If you are feeling more adventurous, treetop adventures, hang gliding and skydiving are also popular in the area. Visit Wollongong have some great recommendations if you wish to plan some excursions. Click here.

Getting to Wollongong is easy from Sydney with regular train services daily. The Gong Shuttle bus is a great way to navigate Wollongong CBD when you arrive too. Following a loop from Wollongong Station to Wollongong Hospital, the shuttle operates every 10 or 20 minutes daily. More information available here.

There is plenty on the menu in Wollongong too, from small bars, to cafes and restaurants, make sure you take some time to enjoy the local cuisine while you are there. To get some local recommendations check out the Visit Wollongong shortlist of local offerings.

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when & where

28 - 29 Aug 2017

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
(+61)2 42243111

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Lisa Hedlund
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4058

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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