A plan involving the transfer of up to 15,000km of council-owned roads back to NSW State control will provide greater certainty for freight logistics operators according to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
The policy announcement by the NSW Government has been welcomed by ALC CEO Kirk Coningham who said it will eliminate inconsistencies, cost-shifting and administrative delays prone to having different sections of the one road owned by multiple local councils.
“Smaller councils in regional areas often do not have the revenue base or the personnel required to maintain road infrastructure to the standard freight logistics operators require to support the safe and efficient movement of goods through the supply chain,” he said.
“Additionally, as the national freight task grows, Australia must find ways to further enhance supply chain efficiency. This includes the use of high productivity vehicles (HPVs) with larger payloads in order to meet business and consumer expectations around rapid deliveries. We must ensure that road infrastructure is maintained to a standard that supports their use”, said Coningham.
“We also need to make certain that decisions around road access can be made promptly and applied consistently, so that freight movement is not delayed by administrative holdups.”
He said it was important for the freight logistics industry to be involved in conversations around the road asset transfer process to ensure its needs were taken into account.
“Transferring the road assets on which the NSW freight network heavily depends from regional councils back to the State Government and clearing the council roads maintenance backlog will help deliver on these objectives, and reduce uncertainty around future road infrastructure investment and maintenance,” said Coningham.
“Ultimately, this will bring about greater efficiency in the end-to-end supply chain - which is good news for producers and consumers alike.”
(Image: ALC CEO Kirk Coningham.)
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