New advisory body to drive supply chain productivity

New multi-function advisory body launched in Queensland to manage changes in freight and logistics sector

A new multi-function advisory body has been launched in Queensland to help manage rapid changes in the freight and logistics sector.

The Queensland Transport and Logistics Council is intended to be a go-to body for the Bligh Government on a raft of industry issues.

Made up of a mix of bureaucrats and industry representatives and focussed on supply chain interdependence, the new group was launched recently by Director-General of Queensland Transport and Main Roads, David Stewart.

In announcing the body, Stewart said there were a number of challenges in managing the rapidly expanding freight and logistics sector, and the decision to erect a new group was the answer.

"The transport and logistics industry accounts for 18 per cent of gross state product but more needs to be done to improve industry efficiency, safety and sustainability," Stewart says.

The Government is also hoping the Council will play a key role in policy development, regulation and infrastructure planning and work closely with industry bodies.

Neil Findlay from the National Transport Commission (NTC) will chair the Council, with the review panel consisting of service providers, infrastructure owners and operators, industry representatives and customers.

The Council’s establishment follows a consultation phase on the South East Queensland Freight Network Strategy, which is aimed at developing ways to meet a diversified freight task.

Stewart says a submission from companies and individuals called for such a group to be set up, and Queensland Transport and Main Roads backed the idea.

"This is a great forum for industry to get together and work through issues between supply chain participants," Stewart says.

He says it will give the Government the opportunity to hear first hand what the industry wants and where the Government can improve.

"The initiative has been welcomed by the freight industry, consumers and their respective industry associations," Stewart says.

"They believe the industry requires less focus on specific modes of transport and more of a whole-of-supply-chain approach to problem solving."

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