No guarantee NSW will act on transport recommendations

By: Rob McKay


Agricultural taskforce identifies load limits, rail and port access and ageing infrastructure as critical concerns.

No guarantee NSW will act on transport recommendations
An agricultural taskforce in NSW identified load limits as a critical concern.

 

The New South Wales Government has given only "in-principle" support to an agricultural taskforce’s transport and logistics recommendations.

Goal 16 of the Agriculture Industry Action Plan is to "remove infrastructure constraints to improved productivity".

The taskforce notes that such impediments were recognised as "major constraints for export and developments by reducing competitiveness for the industry".

"Stakeholders identified load limits, rail and port access and ageing infrastructure as critical concerns, while the sale of the Port of Newcastle presents an export  infrastructure opportunity," the taskforce states.

The taskforce wants the NSW Government "to produce and infrastructure investment plan to prioritise investment in the development and replacement of key infrastructure that is related to agricultural industries, with the plan to be consistent with industry investment strategies".

However, the Government insists the issues are covered under the existing State Infrastructure Strategy, which commits more than $13 billion to regional infrastructure projects, including more than $50 million to improve western freight productivity.

It also flags roundtable discussions early next year through business development agency NSW Trade and Investment, involving "discussion with key stakeholders exploring primary industries growth constraints caused by IT, communications, finance and infrastructure".

The government will, however, support fully reviews of red-tape and duplication related to access to logistics resources.

It has agreed that industry-identified issues can be brought to primary industry minister Katrina Hodgkinson through the Primary Industry Ministerial Advisory Council.

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