ALC calls for action after audit
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Canberra, ACT, Australia
ALC welcomes the emphasis on addressing fragmented access
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says the Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019,
released last week, highlights the need for more effectively targeting investment in freight infrastructure and prioritising regulatory reforms that will help alleviate bottlenecks, particularly in non-bulk, agricultural and urban freight supply chains.
"The audit ... is a timely reminder for all governments that the provision of quality freight infrastructure is essential to maintaining Australia's economic position in the world and enhancing our quality of life," says ALC CEO Kirk Coningham.
"Australia's freight task is growing more rapidly than our population, increasing by 50% in the decade to 2016, compared with population growth of 18% over the same period."
Coningham says his group welcomes the emphasis on addressing fragmented access
conditions in our freight network. "Although ongoing investment in freight infrastructure such as Inland Rail, Western Sydney Airport and improving on-dock rail facilities at ports will be critical, building new infrastructure will not solve every problem."
Instead, he calls for regulatory reform that delivers greater cross-jurisdictional consistency in access arrangements, operational matters and safety.
"As all governments prepare their National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Implementation Plans ahead of the November meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council, ALC will be encouraging all jurisdictions to commit to action that will address these fundamental challenges."