ALC calls on Qld party leaders to define transport priorities


Clarity sought on positions related to Inland Rail route, infrastructure and HVNL

ALC calls on Qld party leaders to define transport priorities
Ian Murray says Queensland’s T&L role is crucial nationally

 

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has written to Queensland party leaders ahead of Saturday’s state election, asking them to outline their policies on key transport industry issues

Chief amongst these are corridor protection, congestion, the development of critical freight infrastructure and improved road safety through the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Letters were sent during the first week of the campaign to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Leader of the opposition Tim Nicholls, One Nation state leader Steve Dickson and Rob Katter of Katter’s Australian Party.

"Queensland plays a vital role in sustaining Australia’s freight logistics network, and with significant growth expected in the state’s freight task over the next decade, it is crucial that Queensland’s political leaders address our industry’s priorities ahead of the state election," ALC chairman Ian Murray says.

"Among the most urgent of these is preserving a rail corridor that will permit the construction of an alternative dedicated freight rail connection from the Inland Rail route right through to the Port of Brisbane."

"This corridor must be preserved now to minimise construction costs for a future rail connection to the port. This is essential to guarding against the impact of urban encroachment on this critical piece of freight infrastructure, and deriving the full economic benefits of this significant national project."

The ALC notes that Infrastructure Australia has calculated that up to $66 million could be saved on construction costs of a future freight rail connection to the Port of Brisbane if appropriate corridor protection strategies are put in place.

"ALC has also called on the next Queensland Parliament to provide certainty to the heavy vehicle industry by acting swiftly to pass the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other  Legislation Amendment Bill 2016," Murray says.

"This legislation contains a number of significant measures which ALC believes will improve road safety. It should be passed by the Queensland Parliament as a matter of priority following the state election.

"Queensland’s political leaders have also been asked to outline their approach on a range of other policy matters which ALC highlighted in our Queensland Freight Priorities document released in August this year."

"These include measures to reduce road congestion, and ensuring the regulation of Queensland’s freight transport infrastructure affords our industry the flexibility it needs to operate 24/7.

"This will be essential to meeting a freight task that is rapidly growing due to Queensland’s rising population, growing export markets and the expansion of e-Commerce." 

 

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