The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the inclusion of population policy under the watch of Alan Tudge, the new Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population.
Announced as part of Scott Morrison’s revamped cabinet, Alan Tudge, among other duties, will be responsible for “congestion busting” said the Prime Minister.
The ALC thanked Paul Fletcher, the outgoing Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities acknowledging his cooperation with the freight logistics industry and called on his replacement to continue the momentum seen in key policy reforms.
“ALC congratulates incoming Minster for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Hon. Alan Tudge MP,” said Lachlan Benson, ALC Interim CEO.
“We particularly welcome the inclusion of population policy in the new Minister’s responsibilities, given that population growth is inextricably linked to the nation’s growing freight task and many of the challenges faced by freight logistics operators, including road congestion.”
Benson said having a single minister responsible for infrastructure and population was an approach that will assist in facilitating better outcomes across the industry.
He also thanked outgoing Minister Fletcher for his time in the portfolio and extensive engagement with the ALC.
“Minister Fletcher’s detailed understanding of infrastructure issues, particularly corridor protection and using data and technology to enhance our planning processes, have been critical to developing more freight-friendly cities,” said Benson.
Among Fletcher’s achievements Benson recognised his work in developing a fairer and sustainable model for road pricing in Australia.
“He was similarly instrumental in progressing development of the Western Sydney Airport and the planning of the surrounding aerotropolis, which will become a key logistics hub as Western Sydney continues to grow in the years ahead,” said Benson.
“These initiatives will be vital to securing enhanced supply chain efficiency and safety – and ALC will be working to make sure that the new Morrison Government maintains the momentum on these crucial projects.”
Benson also welcomed the addition of Regional Development to the existing portfolio responsibilities of the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack in light of the Inland Rail project which is expected to support regional economic growth.
“ALC looks forward to working closely with both Minister McCormack and Minister Tudge to continue progressing the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy now being developed by the Commonwealth,” said Benson.
(Image: Lachlan Benson ALC Interim CEO).