City’s right idea to con­nect road, rail, air and sea

The Chronicle - - NEWS - MORE: For more Cham­ber news, go to its web­site toowoom­bacham­ The Toowoomba Cham­ber was es­tab­lished in 1899. with Cham­ber board mem­ber Dan Dwan from Col­liers In­ter­na­tional

EAR­LIER this month, I had the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Mel­bourne with a con­tin­gent from TSBE and In­terLinkSQ to at­tend the Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cils Fo­rum 2017 to rep­re­sent Toowoomba En­ter­prise Hub.

The fo­rum is the largest and most in­flu­en­tial gath­er­ing of lead­ers and key pol­icy mak­ers in the Aus­tralian lo­gis­tics in­dus­try where they debate and dis­cuss the crit­i­cal is­sues im­pact­ing the ef­fi­ciency and safety of Aus­tralia’s sup­ply chains.

What was pleas­ing to see was that many of the key stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try were aware of the Toowoomba re­gion and in par­tic­u­lar the strate­gic plan around deal­ing with the trans­port and lo­gis­tics move­ments.

Na­tional Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Fiona Sim­son sug­gested Toowoomba En­ter­prise Hub was an ex­am­ple of ef­fi­cien­cies in freight han­dling through­out the re­gion with the ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween road, rail, air and sea.

A sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus of the event was around get­ting the sup­ply chain right. There was also a fo­cus on us­ing the right mode for the load.

A strong em­pha­sis was placed on the ben­e­fits of rail and the eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits of rail over road.

It was sug­gested this would achieve trans­port sav­ings by util­is­ing the rail over road net­works while sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the num­ber of heavy ve­hi­cle move­ments on roads shared with pas­sen­ger travel.

On a whole, Toowoomba has got it right and we are recog­nised for our strate­gic plan­ning around trans­port and lo­gis­tics.

We are fo­cused on re­duc­ing the num­ber of freight in­ter­ac­tions with pas­sen­ger travel by get­ting the heavy ve­hi­cles off our subur­ban roads and onto rail and other more ap­pro­pri­ate road net­works.

We are ben­e­fit­ing the lo­ca­tion of our re­gion with the con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween road, rail, air and sea are be­ing show­cased na­tion­ally to sig­nif­i­cant oc­cu­piers.

Toowoomba is very well placed into the fu­ture par­tic­u­larly on the trans­port and lo­gis­tics front.

As projects such as the Toowoomba Sec­ond Range Cross­ing and In­terLInkSQ near com­ple­tion in the com­ing 12-18 months while Well­camp Air­port in­creases ex­po­sure to ex­port mar­kets through­out Asia, we will see fur­ther busi­ness and de­vel­op­ment in­vest­ment in the re­gion.

HIS SAY: Dan Dwan says Toowoomba is on the map.

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