NSW UN­VEILS ITS $5B FREIGHT PLAN

In­dus­try bodies wel­come NSW’s heavy ve­hi­cle plan

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PEAK in­dus­try bodies have been quick to praise the new $5 bil­lion freight plan from the NSW Govern­ment.

Ports Aus­tralia said the plan was a strong step in holis­ti­cally con­sid­er­ing is­sues for busi­ness and the com­mu­nity within NSW’s supply chain.

The Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil said the ex­ten­sive blue­print would im­prove the safety and ef­fi­ciency of freight move­ment in NSW, achiev­ing progress on pol­icy re­forms the freight lo­gis­tics in­dus­try had long called for.

“We are pleased the plan an­nounced by the min­is­ter touches on many of the is­sues ALC and in­dus­try have long ad­vo­cated as pri­or­ity ac­tions,” ALC in­terim CEO Lach­lan Ben­son said.

“The plan also recog­nises the need to give freight more prom­i­nent con­sid­er­a­tion in plan­ning pol­icy, and in par­tic­u­lar to pro­tect re­main­ing in­dus­trial lands in or­der to meet a grow­ing freight task.

“As part of this, ALC en­cour­ages the NSW Govern­ment to specif­i­cally zone ar­eas as lo­gis­tics lands so that they can be af­forded the 24/7 op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity the in­dus­try re­quires.

“The com­mit­ment to de­velop a Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Strat­egy in part­ner­ship with in­dus­try that en­cour­ages take-up of safety tech­nolo­gies is also a pos­i­tive, as is the de­vel­op­ment of a rest stop frame­work to as­sist de­ci­sion-mak­ing around the pro­vi­sion and man­age­ment of rest stops for heavy ve­hi­cles.

“The plan clearly ac­counts for the in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role data will play in en­hanced supply chain ef­fi­ciency and the need to en­cour­age data shar­ing in the in­dus­try.

“ALC hopes NSW will sup­port ef­forts to es­tab­lish a con­sis­tent na­tional data stan­dard so that dif­fer­ent sys­tems in the supply chain are able to com­mu­ni­cate with each other ef­fi­ciently.

“Fi­nally, ALC wel­comes the plan’s fo­cus on en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Port Botany and the sur­round­ing mo­tor­way net­work.

“We urge the NSW Govern­ment pri­ori­tise the com­ple­tion of a busi­ness case that en­sures the Syd­ney Gate­way plan­ning in­cor­po­rates di­rect heavy ve­hi­cle ac­cess for the ad­ja­cent Cooks River In­ter­modal Ter­mi­nal while not im­ped­ing its cur­rent and fu­ture crit­i­cal port rail op­er­a­tions.”

Min­is­ter for Roads and Freight Melinda Pavey said the amount of freight moved through NSW was set to grow 28 per cent by 2036 to ex­ceed 618 mil­lion tonnes.

To sup­port this, the NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-23 pro­vides more than 70 ini­tia­tives for in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity on the ex­ist­ing net­work, in­clud­ing build­ing new in­fra­struc­ture.

“From big busi­nesses to farm­ers, re­tail­ers to con­sumers, we all rely on our goods getting to us in a safe and ef­fi­cient man­ner,” Ms Pavey said.

“For this rea­son, the NSW Govern­ment has set firm tar­gets to achieve faster, more ef­fi­cient and higher ca­pac­ity net­works to re­main com­pet­i­tive, sup­port jobs and de­liver eco­nomic growth across NSW.

“With freight and lo­gis­tics con­tribut­ing more than $180 mil­lion to the NSW econ­omy ev­ery day, an in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion and con­sumer pref­er­ences chang­ing, the freight net­work will face in­creased fu­ture demand.

“This, com­pounded by a de­sire to have same-day delivery, re­quires govern­ment and in­dus­try to have the freight net­work ca­pa­ble of work­ing at full throt­tle.”

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA JAMBOR

TIMELY BOOST: Min­is­ter for Roads Melinda Pavey an­nounces a new plan for NSW’s trans­port in­dus­try.

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