ALC's freight advocacy heads north

Northern Australia Working Group to promote supply chain efficiency in region

ALC's freight advocacy heads north
Image from the Northern Australia Working Group's first meeting


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has shared details of a new Northern Australia Working Group, established to "advocate more effectively for investment in Northern Australia’s freight infrastructure, and work with policy makers to get regulatory settings right".

The working group comprises freight logistics companies, infrastructure owners, local and state government representatives and other key industry organisations and had its inaugural meeting in Darwin – coinciding with the announcement of the 2019 federal election.   

"It is fitting that the election announcement has come on the same day that ALC’s newly formed Northern Australia Working Group meets for the first time, because so much activity in this region underpins Australia’s economic performance," ALC CEO Kirk Coningham says.

"ALC has formed this Working Group because we recognise that Australia’s ability to take full advantage of free trade agreements recently signed with rapidly growing Asian markets rests on our ability to get our export products to market, efficiently and safely."

On the same day, WA and NT industry groups hailed a united approach on transport projects. Read more, here

Coningham says northern Australia’s supply chain performance is important for the entire nation and a key focus for the next parliament must be to ensure greater national consistency in its approach to the movement of freight.

"It is vital to make certain that Northern Australia has the road, rail, port and air freight infrastructure necessary to get products demanded by our trading partners to their destination as quickly as possible.

"This is particularly important when it comes to agricultural goods and other consumables, where freshness is highly prized by overseas customers."

ALC says it will soon release its policy priorities for the next parliament.

"Chief among these will be to build on the bipartisan commitment to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, and work with state and territory governments to ensure its effective implementation,  so that Australians can share in the benefits that come from improved supply chain performance – wherever they live," Coningham says.


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