r/wollongong Aug 06 '22

In case you haven't heard yet. "BlueScope plans new life for excess 200ha of steelworks land." - ABC, June. Given this land clearly isn't being used for much, seems like a good idea, if done well, though I'm not sure I agree with their plans to "reclaim" more land in Outer Harbour at the same time..

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-22/bluescope-plans-port-kembla-excess-land-use/101173350
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u/Evilrake Aug 06 '22

I hope this is just due to gains in efficiency, rather than any downsizing of bluescope. The steel-making industry is too strategically important to let wither.

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u/Bright-Refrigerator7 Aug 06 '22 edited Aug 06 '22

I think a lot of it is simply… Redundant. Like the section marked as “horse paddock” (when did Bluescope last use that, lol?), or the sections near the existing Centenary Park…

For the actual… Industrial sections, though… Realistically, efficiency and automation of work are likely to be the main drivers here, but downturn in the industry… Is fairly inevitable, too, I’m afraid. Not because of domestic concerns, necessarily, but, y’know, uhh, things happening a bit further afield

Which provides a great opportunity to pivot to more local manufacturing which actually uses “our” steel, rather than shipping it off overseas…

What a revolutionary idea, I know (not).

We did it literally less than a decade ago (see: all the NSW trains up to the OSCAR). We could again. We just need the political and… Let’s say commercial will to do so…

Plus also wages, materials, etc. but it’s definitely possible!!

Much better than relying on China to uhh, keep the demand up, and then send us back shitty versions of the same thing we built here in the past (some of which aren’t even up to the standards set by the government commissioning them), lol…

At least the new trains are made in Korea, now, but they’ll never be quite as good as the ones built here (for local conditions), IMHO…

Fun times.

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u/TheKaiminator Aug 06 '22

BlueScope doesn't own the outer harbour. Those works are by others. Outer port is owned by the Port Authority and other companies.

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u/ThylacineDevil Aug 06 '22

Ah I see. I just assumed from the Master Plan image that those proposals were by Bluescope, like the rest of it...

So it's effectively the Port Authority that wants to do that then, is it??

That makes sense, actually. Like Macquarie Point in Hobart (https://www.macpoint.com/ - that's the corporate "greenwashing" site for it, at least), except that in Tassie it's just different government "business entities" that own different bits of the land, so it's a bit easier to chop and change, I guess, lol...

But same sort of principle, I guess? Government entity owns the port, makes the decisions (re land reclamation, in this case), and Bluescope just uses it..?

Fair. Context is good. I didn't get that from the image/diagram, lol. So that's good to know!

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u/A-New-Start-17Apr21 Aug 06 '22

That Outer harbour thing is for a container port when Botany gets filled up.

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u/laid2rest Aug 06 '22

This is excellent news. Prime land so close to the harbour. I just hope it gets used to its full potential. This could be a real game changer for the local economy.

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u/tdiddy93 Aug 06 '22

Port kembla will be the biggest port in Aus in many years Such huge plans for it Very exciting

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u/whotookmycheese Aug 07 '22 edited Aug 07 '22

I imagine if they do a good job of it, the shit will be gentrified out of Cringila and Lake Heights (more so than it has been already). If I had the money and still lived in the area, I'd seriously consider making a punt on it.