NSW UNVEILS ITS $5B FREIGHT PLAN
Industry bodies welcome NSW’s heavy vehicle plan
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.”
TIMELY BOOST: Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey announces a new plan for NSW’s transport industry.