ALC wants digital map at centre of investment thinking

Ministers have crucial opportunity to direct spending efficiently, Kilgariff says

ALC wants digital map at centre of investment thinking
Michael Kilgariff says map is a crucial aid.


Better transport investment policy is the prize if governments can bring digitalised freight transport route data into the decision-making process successfully, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) believes.

Ministers at the Transport and Infrastructure Council discussed last week the implementation of an online map of national key freight routes, a process that started two years ago.

"The council agreed to Australia’s first ever national key freight routes map in November 2014 and the new online version brings transport mapping into the digital age," the ministers’ communique says.

The ALC wants governments to make the data central to transport spending considerations.

"The digitalised key freight routes map is a welcome addition to the suite of information guiding policy makers and is a valuable resource for Australia’s logistics industry," ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff says.

"The full value of the map will be realised if governments take into account key freight generating areas and the routes on which this freight travels, and make their investment and policy decisions accordingly.

"How governments select, prioritise and ultimately fund infrastructure projects is critical to Australia’s economic growth, and the key freight route map, which was provided today to ministers at their TIC meeting, has the potential to support better decision making.

"With an ALC study showing a 1 per cent improvement in productivity in the logistics industry would boost GDP by $2 billion, it is critical that governments prioritise logistics projects which are shown to improve supply chain efficiency.

"ALC looks forward to the federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development building on the key freight route map and adding to it more detailed information about Australia’s freight flows and freight generating areas."

The key freight route map provides a picture of the road and rail routes connecting nationally significant places for freight, including ports, airports and intermodal terminals.  

The map also details road train assembly areas and how these connect to the key freight routes and secondary freight routes.  

The map enables users to overlay other base maps and datasets, and focuses on mapping the location of Australia’s key resources and energy locations, including iron ore, coal, copper, gold, and major oil and gas facilities.

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