The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the federal election following the announcement today it will take place on 18 May.
Chief among its primary focuses will be to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy by building on bipartisan commitments from state and territory governments to benefit Australians, no matter where they lived, with effective and improved supply chain performance.
Meeting in Darwin as part of a Northern Australia Working Group event, the ALC, through CEO Kirk Coningham, said it was fitting that the election announcement coincided with the inaugural gathering of the newly-formed group.
“Our Working Group brings together freight logistics companies, infrastructure owners, local and state government representatives and other key industry organisations to advocate more effectively for investment in Northern Australia’s freight infrastructure, and work with policy makers to get regulatory settings right,” he said.
“ALC has formed this Working Group because we recognise that Australia’s ability to take full advantage of free trade agreements recently signed with rapidly growing Asian markets rests on our ability to get our export products to market, efficiently and safely,” Coningham said.
It was of vital importance for industry and government to make certain Northern Australia was provided the road, rail, port and air freight infrastructure necessary to meet the demand of trading partners by shipping to these destinations as quickly as possible according to Coningham.
“This is particularly important when it comes to agricultural goods and other consumables, where freshness is highly prized by overseas customers,” he said.
“Enhanced supply chain performance in Northern Australia is important for the entire nation, because freight does not stop at state borders. A key focus for the next Parliament must be to ensure greater national consistency in our approach to the movement of freight.”
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