WRF in urban freight and logistics agenda push

Event to showcase state, national and international insights for WA

WRF in urban freight and logistics agenda push
Justin Pereira


Western Road Federation (WRF) is making progress on its pledge to bring coherency to WA freight planning, particularly around Perth.

The WRF Metro Logistics Group (MLG) is seeking to co-ordinating of road transport logistic planning and the future vision for the city and is bringing together experts and relevant parties together to that end.

"This is a massive re-positioning of the WA road transport logistics sector that traditionally was seen as the problem, but now is being seen more widely by local government, planners and even academics as a solution leader and connector," WRF says.

"WRF Metro Logistics Group brings together every segment of road transport industry either company or association involved in supplying, moving or extracting the materials or services required to support the city and wider metropolitan area.

"By uniting the different segments, WRF has assisted in informing urban planners and regulators on the critical role road transport and logistics has in supporting the growth, liveability and economy of our cities.

"This is giving our members more influence when addressing issues of access, curfews, planning issues, congestion and even the impact on our industry when planning new areas."

Read how WRF flagged its desire for effective WA T&L planning, here

WRF notes that multiple different local governments, the state government, even universities and researchers are now all undertaking significant urban logistics and road transport planning, but were unaware of each other’s efforts.

"There is some brilliant work going on but it is being done in isolation, we need to share it so we can all benefit," Justin Pereira, leader of WRF Metro Logistics Group, says.

With that in mind, WRF is therefore now bringing together the various groups with its members to update each other on what their projects and priorities are and how we can work together to create a sustainable, viable and safe logistics plan.

It will have  consultants including New York-based Anne Patrone to present on global trends in metro logistics. Patrone is a senior transport planner for Arup who is currently working in Perth. She will present on global trends in metropolitan logistics. Freight innovator Siobhan Lancaster will present on the emergence of "the largest Australian logistics market disruptor in a generation".

Additionally updates will be given by:

  • Department of Transport
  • City of Canning vision to grow its $4.3 billion freight and logistics sector
  • City of Perth on its project to improve CBD logistics
  • Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council on Inland Port
  • City of Vincent on their plans for road based transport movements in their city
  • Latest on the Social Licence Project being undertaken by the Freight and Logistics Council
  • University of WA Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) on its project to gather and analyse metro road transport logistics data
  • Urban planning consultancy SITE planning + design on freight logistics noise and land use planning work being undertaken
  • Pereira on industry issues and a then lead a forum discussion.

"The key point is that our industry is being respected for its knowledge and contribution and that is a positive thing," he says.

"So I encourage all members of Western Roads Federation metro-logistics group to come along and participate in the discussions.

For more information on the June 6 event: email Justin.Pereira@westernroads.com.au or cam.dumesny@westernroads.com.au

Bookings are essential and it will run from 9am-12.30pm at Canning City Council Function Room, 1317 Albany Highway, Cannington.


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