PORTS Australia today welcomed Port of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke onto its board of directors.
Mr Bourke said he was looking forward to playing a role within Ports Australia using its platform to promote several nationally important issues.
“They range from the work the organisation does in promoting community awareness of the role of ports to the economy and liveability of the country through to strategic planning and investment,” he said.
“Planning both inside and beyond the port gate is crucial for supporting Australia’s economic growth.”
Mr Bourke said supporting the development of rail, particularly rail shuttles to key metropolitan locations, was crucial, reducing truck traffic and improving the efficiency of the supply chain.
“It is vital that stakeholders like the ports, industry and governments are all around the one table as plans for port and near port facilities take shape,” he said.
Mr Bourke brings more than 35 years of corporate experience and a wealth of infrastructure expertise to the Ports Australia board.
During his tenure as CEO of Queensland motorways he oversaw the transition of the business from government to private ownership. He is also a former COO of Transurban Group, which included serving as CEO of CityLink Melbourne for close to nine years.
Ports Australia CEO Mike Gallacher welcomed Mr Bourke’s appointment.
“Brendan is a very well respected person within the industry, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge,” he said.
“I and the team at Ports Australia are looking forward to working with him and the valuable contribution he will make to nationally important issues.”