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Simon appointed to freight strategy inquiry panel

ATA and ALC welcome former ATA chair to the new role


Former chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) David Simon has been appointed to the expert panel on the National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry

Simon, who is the current executive chairman of Simon National Carriers, has earlier served as a member of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) project implementation board and the heavy vehicle charging and investment reform board. 

Both the ATA and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) have welcomed the news of Simon’s appointment, which was announced by federal transport and infrastructure minister Darren Chester, who flagged the looming release of the inqury’s discussion paper.

“The Inquiry is particularly interested in drawing on the real-life experiences of those who are providing freight infrastructure to the Australian market, those who are supplying services to this market. Or those who have experienced the freight market as consumers,” Chester says.

“This is your chance to have input to a national strategy. One we hope will guide governments at all levels, for the next 20 years.”

ATA chair Geoff Crouch says Simon’s appointment reflects government’s recognition of the role trucking plays in moving the national freight task.

“Trucking operators are critical to the national supply chain, and increasing the productivity of trucking makes the supply chain more competitive, reducing costs for consumers, industry and exporters,” Crouch says.

“The ATA and its member associations are working on the issues and proposals that need to be made to the inquiry to boost productivity and safety for our industry. 

“Next week, the Western Australian Road Transport Association is co-hosting the WA Freight and Logistics Summit, which will directly contribute to setting priorities for the future of freight and the supply chain.” 

Welcoming the news, ALC MD Michael Kilgariff says a diverse and experienced expert panel will help deliver a well-rounded national freight strategy.

“His [Simon’s] extensive experience and expertise in road transport and heavy vehicle matters will ensure the views of that sector are well reflected as the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy develops,” Kilgariff says.

“The appointment further boosts the impressive industry experience and knowledge of the Expert Panel, and will help produce a strategy capable of delivering real improvements to supply chain safety and efficiency.”

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