The digitalisation of Australia’s key freight route map, discussed by Ministers at last week's Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in Adelaide, needs to underpin better planning, operational and investment decisions by governments, according to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
“The digitalised key freight routes map is a welcome addition to the suite of information guiding policy makers and is a valuable resource for Australia’s logistics industry,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.
“The full value of the map will be realised if governments take into account key freight generating areas and the routes on which this freight travels, and make their investment and policy decisions accordingly.
“How governments select, prioritise and ultimately fund infrastructure projects is critical to Australia’s economic growth, and the key freight route map, which was provided today to Ministers at their TIC meeting, has the potential to support better decision making.
“With an ALC study showing a one per cent improvement in productivity in the logistics industry would boost GDP by $2 billion, it is critical that governments prioritise logistics projects which are shown to improve supply chain efficiency.
“ALC looks forward to the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development building on the key freight route map and adding to it more detailed information about Australia’s freight flows and freight generating areas.”
The key freight route map provides a picture of the road and rail routes connecting Australia's nationally significant places for freight, including ports, airports and intermodal terminals. The map also details road train assembly areas and how these connect to the key freight routes and secondary freight routes.
The map enables users to overlay other base maps and datasets, and focuses on mapping the location of Australia’s key resources and energy locations, including iron ore, coal, copper, gold, and major oil and gas facilities. The digitalised map builds on the release in 2014 of Australia’s first national key freight routes map, which was part of the National Land Freight Strategy.