ALC sets out key freight infrastructure priorities


Help Us Deliver report released at parliamentary function

ALC sets out key freight infrastructure priorities
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The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has spotlighted infrastructure investment priorities it says present opportunities to ensure Australia's freight network operates efficiently and safely.

Help Us Deliver, unveiled at the 2019 Australian Logistics Industry Parliamentary Function in Canberra, sets out several projects that also deal with bottlenecks in supply chains.

These include:

  • Enhancing Sydney Gateway by including heavy vehicle access ramps for Australia’s largest empty container facility (NSW)
  • Ensuring the Fishermans Bend redevelopment permits efficient access to the Port of Melbourne, including connecting Webb Dock to the freight rail network (VIC)
  • Supporting the construction of a dedicated freight rail link from Inland Rail to the Port of Brisbane (QLD)
  • Undertaking a series of road upgrade projects that will enhance access to Fremantle Inner Harbour (WA)
  • Building Tasmania’s mineral export potential by supporting a new Bulk Mineral Export Terminal at the Port of Burnie (TAS)
  • Improving the efficiency and reliability of freight rail by upgrading track between Tarcoola and Kalgoorlie (SA/WA)
  • Developing a key maritime and logistics precinct in Darwin by investing in the Darwin Ship Lift Facility and supporting upgrades to key water, sewerage, electrical and communication infrastructure for surrounding landholdings (NT).

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"The dedicated professionals who make up our freight logistics industry work tirelessly to deliver about four billion tonnes of goods around Australia each year, which represents 163 tonnes of freight for every Australian," ALC CEO Kirk Coningham says.

"However, our growing population, rising levels of congestion and decades of inadequate planning for freight movement are making the task harder.

"In Help Us Deliver, ALC has set out several opportunities to enhance existing infrastructure projects to make them more freight-friendly.

"We have also identified a number of new projects that we believe should be supported by the Federal Government in order to enhance the performance of key trade gateways, stimulating export and employment growth.

 "Investment in freight infrastructure projects such as those highlighted here will help deliver on the objectives of the recently-released National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and deliver lasting benefits to Australian consumers, businesses and producers."

The full document is available here.

 

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