NSW Freight Strategy lives again

The NSW Freight Strategy back on track, now under the wing of the new Integrated Transport Authority's Freight Division

NSW Freight Strategy lives again
NSW Freight Strategy lives again

By Anna Game-Lopata | April 21, 2011

The NSW government's new Integrated Transport Authority's (ITA) Freight Division will assume responsibility for the state's Freight Strategy.

Currently in draft form, the NSW Freight Strategy document complete prior to the election will now be finalised.

According to Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay the Freight Strategy will be fine-tuned to ensure it is in line with all the latest ITA division developments and responsibilities as they become more clearly outlined.

"The 25 year Freight Strategy for NSW will focus on improving the planning for freight infrastructure and help facilitate developments such as intermodal freight terminals that are supported by efficient transport connections and nearby complementary industry and commercial premises," a department spokesperson tells SupplyChain Review.

"It will provide a strategic framework and directions to improve freight movement and inform Government and private sector investment decisions.

"The Department of Transport is currently fine-tuning the strategy to ensure its objectives align with the National Ports Strategy, released in January, and the National Land Freight Network Strategy discussion paper - released by Infrastructure Australia in February."

According to the spokesperson, the strategy
will now also be informed by the new customer-focused transport priorities of the NSW Government.

"The strategy will be provided to the Freight Advisory Council for consideration and feedback."

According to Transport Director General Les Wielings, the new Freight and Regional Development Division of the ITA is to be the interface for the freight industry to advise government.

As such, it will
be the focal point for the Transport Freight Advisory Council secretariat which will be responsible for overseeing the development of the NSW Freight Strategy in line with the government’s new approach.

"The Transport Freight Advisory Council will focus on the movement of goods and commodities to improve both state and national economies," Wielinga says.

"It is envisioned that the freight and regional development division will for the first time enable the coordination of key freight system components such as road, rail, marine, ports and intermodal terminals.

"It will also provide a forum for much-needed industry interaction," Wielinga says.

The new Integrated Transport Authority, announced on Wednesday, will co-ordinate the state’s transport services and ensure transport projects are built on time and on budget.

According to Ministers Berejiklian and Gay, the establishment of the authority will see policy and planning experts from all transport agencies working together, rather than in silos.

"This means transport agencies will be free to focus solely on delivering quality service to customers," Berejiklian says.

"It heralds the start of real reform in the transport sector."

Duncan Gay adds that for the first time there will be a Minister with the role of co-ordinating freight from farm to port and from ship to shop.

Along with the Freight and Regional Development Division, the ITA will feature five other key divisions including one which – for the first time – will be focussed on the customer experience.

• Customer Experience – which will make sure journeys are as simple and seamless as possible;

• Planning and Programs – which will consolidate planning for all modes and develop a comprehensive transport masterplan;

• Transport Services – which will ensure transport services cost-effectively meet the current and future needs of customers

• Transport Projects – which will ensure major projects are delivered on time and on budget;

• Freight and Regional Development – which will make sure freight services and facilities meet the needs of the State economy, with particular focus on regional NSW; and

• Policy and Regulation – which will develop and oversight polices and laws pertaining to transport across the State.

A nationwide search will be conducted to identify the six people to run the new divisions, with the search to go global if necessary.

"The establishment of an independent advisory board will ensure the Government has access to independent advice on planning, delivering and managing the transport system for the NSW community," Gay says.

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