Ports contribute to the wealth of cities, towns and regions
Most of Australia's coastal cities and some of its coastal towns have been built in places that have a good natural location for a port. Ports help the economy of the city or town where they are located.
Wherever there is a port:
There are businesses that transport goods and have offices close by.
Local governments are needed to look after the town and the region around it.
Many people are needed to operate it and most of these people will live within the port's town or city.
Business that process goods may want their factories close to a port.
Businesses that supply ships with stores and undertake repairs on ships need to be located near the port.
The offices set up by businesses that use ports also help to benefit the city, town or region.
Other businesses establish the source of the goods they export near a port, for example an abattoir exporting frozen meat, factories exporting manufactured goods, oil refineries importing and exporting petroleum products etc.
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