Major freight issues for SA
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Major freight transport infrastructure issues affecting regional South Australia have been listed for the first time in a comprehensive single report, compiled by the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC).
Key issues identified include:
* Construction of highway bypasses at Port Wakefield, Port Augusta, Renmark, Mt Gambier and other locations to improve safety in those areas;
* Significant upgrade - including grade separation - at the intersection of Main North, Grand Junction and Port Wakefield roads at Gepps Cross, as it is a vital carriageway for regional road freight;
* Establishing an intermodal (road-rail) terminal at Tailem Bend, which already has significant grain facilities, to cater for Riverland produce, as well as increasing output from the Mt Barker and Adelaide Hills areas;
* The potential to re-open the South East rail network to accommodate the expanding woodchip and pulp demands, as well as other freight tasks in the region;
* The need for a new port at Kangaroo Island (Ballast Head area) to accommodate woodchip exports; and
* Potential development of an airport in the state's mid-north to handle regional produce.
"This collation of genuine industry issues affecting different regions of the state is one of the most comprehensive reports of its type ever produced in South Australia," says SAFC general manager, Neil Murphy.
"Regional South Australia contributes significantly to the state's economy, and in terms of freight requirements and usage, is reliant on consistent and high quality freight logistics systems to ensure competitiveness on the world stage."
The SA Freight Council is the state's peak, multi-modal industry group that advises both the federal and state governments on industry related issues, and is funded by both governments. It represents road, rail, sea and air freight modes and operations, and assists the industry on issues relating to freight logistics across all modes.