Three questions for Port Kembla powers

Wollongong City Council has called on NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to come to Wollongong and address a town meeting on the proposed Port Kembla privatisation.

Cr Vicki Curran, chair of the council's Port Kembla Working Group, said they had written a letter to Mr O'Farrell, inviting him to attend the meeting.

Other ministers who will receive the letter are Treasurer Mike Baird, Ports Minister Duncan Gay and Minister for the Illawarra Greg Pearce.

The letter gives the ministers a choice of four dates for the Wollongong Town Hall meeting - October 16, 23, November 5 or 6.

Cr Curran said the meeting, which will be chaired by the ABC's Quentin Dempster, would provide residents with a chance to question the ministers on the government's proposed privatisation of Port Kembla.

"They didn't go into the election letting people know about the privatisation of the port, so they don't have a mandate," Cr Curran said.

"They did feasibility studies for Port Botany but so far we haven't had that, haven't had any feasibility studies [for Port Kembla]. All we have is the assurances from government that it's a good deal."

Cr Curran said she was also concerned about the potential for increased truck movements as the port expanded, and whether the leaseholder would be required to develop other methods of transport leading to and from the port.

Despite her opposition to the government's plan to privatise the port, Cr Curran said she would be approaching the meeting with an open mind and expecting well-documented evidence the plan would still be "a good deal in 20 years time".


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