ALC wants to ensure the secure movement of freight
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has reinforced the importance of efficient and safe supply chains in its submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into the Australian Government's role in the development of cities.
"The essential items most Australians take for granted - our food, household appliances, clothing, medications and cars, to name just a handful - are generally not grown or manufactured close to the cities where most of us live," says ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff.
"Because of this, it is critical that, as the Australian Government develops and implements their cities policies, adequate attention is given to the way freight moves in our cities."
"While urban renewal has become a policy priority for state and local governments, the reality is land-use changes, made to allow further residential and commercial developments, are increasingly impinging on the efficiency of Australia's supply chains."
"Operations at nationally significant infrastructure facilities such as Port Botany, Fremantle Port and the Port of Melbourne are, or are at risk of, being constrained due to urban encroachment."
"A truly safe and efficient supply chain needs to be able to operate round-the-clock, so that freight movement is able to occur at all times and operators can take advantage of off-peak road traffic volumes."
The ALC submission also discusses the importance of corridor protection, citing a recent study by Infrastructure Australia which found that, with adequate corridor protections in place, $66 million could be saved when a future freight rail line is constructed to the Port of Brisbane.
ALC will be appearing before the Committee to elaborate on its submission at a Public Hearing in Canberra on Friday, 11 August.