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Feedback sought for freight strategy inquiry

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, has called for submissions on a Discussion Paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.

“The Australian Government has announced a record $75 billion infrastructure investment programme, which comprises a range of freight initiatives including the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail and the Western Sydney Airport,” Chester said.

“Feedback on the discussion paper will help the inquiry examine how our investment in the freight network can boost the nation’s prosperity and meet community expectations for safety, security and environmental amenity.

“It will also further our understanding of what challenges and opportunities lie ahead, and how we can take advantage of them.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the release of the Discussion Paper, and said the call for submissions discussing its contents represents a key milestone in the continuing development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

“The formal commencement of the consultation process is a significant opportunity for Australia’s freight logistics industry,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff.

“Developing a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy was a core aspect of ALC’s 2016 election priorities document, Getting The Supply Chain Right. It was also the focus of ALC Forum 2017, held in Melbourne during early March, and the discussions at that event helped shape the content of a Working Paper ALC published earlier this month."

“ALC has consistently said that the Strategy cannot become just another document, but must be a dynamic blueprint that is relevant to the needs of industry, and enhances the safety and efficiency of Australia’s supply chains.”

“In order to make that happen, it is important for all parts of the freight logistics industry to be actively engaged in the consultation process before submissions close on 28 July. This will help ensure the advice provided to Government is as comprehensive as possible, and takes account of the needs of all modes of freight transport, as well as the interests of producers and consumers,” he said.

Submissions close on 28 July 2017. For more details on how to make a submission, visit the infrastructure.gov website.

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