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Isuzu Trucks supports new freight plan

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL), has welcomed Delivering the Goods, the Victorian Government’s new freight plan.

Under the plan, existing freight and logistics systems will be improved as part of new priorities outlined by Freight Victoria for the country’s fastest growing state.

Freight Victoria, an authoritative body on freight distribution and management announced in July, will outline the increase in freight volumes across Victoria based on current population expansion seen across the state as freight volumes are forecast to increase by 600 million tonnes in 2051.

This is estimated to account for $25 billion in exported goods.

Delivering the Goods will serve as a blueprint towards encouraging economic growth.

Phil Taylor, IAL Director and CEO said it would help strengthen Victoria’s freight sector.

“This plan is the first step towards addressing gaps that affect the landscape of freight transport in Victoria and, as a result, the broader future of Australian freight distribution,” he said.

The Victorian Government has established Freight Victoria as a one-stop shop to streamline collaboration between producers, freight and logistics networks and the government.

By 2040 the Victorian government aims to increase the state gross product to $40 billion as it looks to leverage current infrastructure initiatives like the West Gate Tunnel and Murray Basin Rail projects. 

A budget of $137.6 million has already been allocated to jump-start the development of major freight projects such as the Port Rail Shuttle Network.

“Infrastructure and technological changes have demanded efficient supply chain practices in the industry. A regulatory body like Freight Victoria will hopefully work towards increasing efficiencies within the sector,” said Taylor.

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