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Melbourne Airport wants to help Australia become Asia's 'food bowl'

By control on October 29, 2013

A two-year investment program by Melbourne Airport will create more than 3,000 ongoing and construction jobs.

The AU$1-billion (US$949-million) program is part of Melbourne Airport’s biggest transformation since it opened more than 40 years ago. Construction was done on a cargo facility at the airport, and the airport’s internal road network is being worked on now.

Chris Woodruff, the airport’s CEO, said Melbourne Airport’s significant international passenger growth has driven growth in freight.

“By keeping Victoria connected, we’re also providing invaluable opportunities for our exporters, particularly for time-sensitive, high-value products such as fresh seafood and meat, which are key export products to our growth markets including the Middle East and Asia,” Woodruff said. “To support the state government’s vision of becoming Asia’s food bowl, we’re also investing in our freight and logistics facilities, including increasing freight apron capacity and facilities in our business park, where we are proud to have five of the top 10 global freight companies as tenants.”

Melbourne Airport contributes AU$1.47 billion (US$1.4 billion) to Victoria’s Gross State Product with this forecast to rise to AU$3.2 billion (US$3 billion) by 2033.

“Our operations are also vital in keeping Victoria connected to the rest of the world. Melbourne Airport is the freight gateway for Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and southern New South Wales, and it’s all underpinned by our curfew-free operations,” Woodruff said. “Melbourne Airport is a critical piece of state infrastructure and our investment in our facilities and roads will further strengthen our contribution to Victoria’s economic and social wellbeing.”