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WRF praises response to week of challenges

Dumesny notes six WA events that put resilience to the test

 

While some aspects of last year’s national crises have abated somewhat recently, others have swung around like a snake to bite the Western Australian trucking industry.

Observing that “not even Shakespeare could have conceived last week’s drama”, Western Roads Federation (WRF) CEO Cam Dumesny identified the challenges and praised the response.

The “plot” that was “so complex” includes:

  • Starting on the Sunday with panic buying, stripping many supermarkets in the Perth and South West Regions
  • Re-supplying from the east was challenged by on-going coastal shipping and air freight disruptions
  • Then even further challenged when bushfires cut the east-west train services
  • Floods cut the North West Coastal Highway plus parts of the Pilbara and Kimberley.
  • Bushfires cut sections of the Great Northern Highway and disrupted some freight routes in Perth’s east and
  • Finally, all of this had to be achieved whilst having over 80 per cent of WA’s population in lockdown and a new set of Covid travel conditions implemented for road transport.

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“Despite all these challenges, the more than 30,000 people in WA’s transport and logistics industry were able to adapt and find solutions,” Dumesny says.

“It truly is a testament to the professionalism and pragmatism that are the trademarks of our industry’s people..

“With only minor disruptions supermarkets were re-stocked; businesses, manufacturers and mines continued to be supplied and outputs taken to markets or ports, online shopping delivery sustained and waste collected plus so much more.

“A Livestock and Rural Transport WA committee member even found the time to organise a hay run to supply Bushfire impacted farmers.

“So, while the whole State was preoccupied, WA’s transport and logistics operators were facing many simultaneous challenges from all angles.

“The fact that WA still operated smoothly during this time is a true testament to our transport and logistics industry professionals – WA’s quiet achievers.”

 

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