The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) said that the Draft Freight and Ports Plan released for comment by the New South Wales Government yesterday is an encouraging sign that freight efficiency is being embraced in the state’s long-term infrastructure plans.
“This draft plan forms an essential component of the New South Wales Government’s new transport vision for the state, Future Transport 2056, and demonstrates there are plans to address a number of key priorities for the freight logistics industry,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff.
“Many of the priorities outlined in this Draft Plan will complement those that have been included in other significant New South Wales Government transport plans released over the past two months.
“In particular, the suggestion contained in the draft Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan that a Last Mile Freight Policy be developed and implemented is one that will have the whole-hearted backing of ALC,” he said.
The ALC has been working closely with the freight logistics industry, throughout 2017, to help inform the Federal Government’s development of a national freight and supply chain strategy. Its focus has been on the “challenge of delivering freight in increasingly congested CBD areas”, according to Kilgariff.
“With the freight task in Greater Sydney expected to double over the next 40 years, and increase by 25 per cent in regional New South Wales over the same period, the final Freight and Ports Plan that will emerge as a result of this consultation process is critical to New South Wales’ economic future,” he said.